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International Law and Conflict Resolution (M.A. or LL.M)


2 semesters

(October - July)

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Application Open:

January 1 - May 15, 2017 (late applications accepted)

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Diploma Type:

M.A. or LL.M. degree


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Academic Directors:


Prof. Ifat Maoz (Department of Communication and Head, Swiss Center M.A. and Graduate Program for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution)


Prof. Guy Harpaz (Law Faculty and Department of International Relations).



The Hebrew University in Jerusalem (HU) is the first and leading university in Israel (ranked 59 in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities).


The Faculty of Law together with The Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution at the Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for its one-year M.A./LL.M in International Law and Conflict Resolution in English.


The M.A./LL.M program in International Law and Conflict Resolution is an important resource of academic and practical expertise addressing the increasing interest in studying conflict transformation, resolution, problem solving and negotiation. The expertise already acquired and disseminated by the Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution and by the Faculty of Law becomes even more indispensable in the context of recent political and historical developments, in the Middle East and elsewhere.


The international M.A./LL.M program, which is taught in English, will be open to graduates of programs in relevant fields, such as international relations, law, political science, communications, psychology, conflict settlement, sociology, history and Middle East studies, who have studied in Israel or abroad. The program is devoted to studying the sources and causes of domestic and external conflicts in general and in Israel in particular. It explores the methods, techniques and strategies that can help manage and resolve these conflicts from different disciplinary points of view, including international relations, law, political science, social psychology, communication and media studies and sociology.


Faculty in the program will include leading experts from Israel, as well as leading international experts. It will offer both academic and practical perspectives.


This advanced degree program will provide students with an excellent understanding of both theory and practice in international conflict resolution, international law and their interface, and will equip them with first rate knowledge and skills that will help them develop careers in governmental foreign services and in other governmental offices, in policy think tanks and research centers, in international organizations and NGOs dealing with conflict resolution and reconciliation, in academic institutes and universities, in the media and in other leadership positions.


The program is run in cooperation with the Rothberg International School.


Degree upon Completion of the Program


Students will receive an M.A. in International Law and Conflict Resolution.


Students who obtained an LL.B. will be able to receive an LL.M. in International Law and Conflict Resolution, provided that they pursue at least 20 credits from the International Law cluster and meet other requirements of the Faculty of Law.


Course of Study


Students are to complete 32 credits in 2 semesters (one academic year).


The program requirements are as follows:


Overall - 32 credits


• Background courses – 6 credits
• Core mandatory courses – 6-11 credits (four courses, two from each cluster- Social Science and Law)
• Interdisciplinary Departmental Seminar – 1 credit
• Workshops -2-3  credits (at least one)
• Seminars – at least 8 credits (two seminars, one from each cluster, L. LM students will take their two seminars from the international law cluster)
• Elective courses – 3-7 credits (at least one from each cluster)


Sample course list (provided as an example only and subject to change):


Between Cyber Wars and Internet Governance

The United Nations and Conflict Resolution

Theories, Research and Interventions in Conflict Resolution

International Human Rights Law

Psychological, Political and Social Aspects of Conflict

International Dispute Settlement

Negotiation: Theory and Practice

Environmental Conflict Resolution

Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights

Civil Society and Conflict Transformation

Transitional Justice

Dialogue, Narratives, Identities and Conflict Resolution

The Role of Law in Resolving the Middle East Conflict

Propaganda, Persuasion, and Attitude Change in Political and Social Conflicts

Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Law

The Holocaust, Collective Memory and Visual Culture


Admission Requirements


To be eligible for acceptance to the program, students must meet the following criteria:

For the M.A. program:
• Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, or in a related field from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by the Hebrew University


For the LL.M program:
• LL.B degree from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by the Hebrew University


For both programs:
• Minimum 3.4 GPA (85/100) or equivalent
• Demonstrated knowledge of English*
*Students are required to submit one of the following:
• TOEFL score (minimum 573 paper-based, 230 computer-based, or 89 Internet-based)
• IELTS score (minimum 7)
• Amir score (minimum 220)
• Students who have completed a four-year degree taught solely in English at a recognized institution of higher education may request to be considered for an exemption. Such students must submit documentation from your university verifying English as the language of instruction. Exemption is not automatic and is determined on a case-by-case basis.


Application Process


Application period: January 1 – May 15, 2017  (late applications accepted)
Application for the program is done online and decisions will only be finalized after all required documents have been received. The admissions decision-making process takes approximately three weeks after all documentation is received by the Division of Graduate Studies.


Link to the Online Application

For additional information on the application process, see: or e-mail:

Required documents to be submitted with the application:
Official Academic Records (transcripts, diplomas, etc.), either originals or notarized copies, must be sent directly from the relevant division/department/program. Faxes are not accepted for this purpose. Documents can be verified by bringing the original and a photocopy to the RIS office. If the name on the academic records differs from the name on the application form, please submit official documentation authenticating the name change.

One academic letter of recommendation from a faculty member who has first-hand knowledge of your academic abilities.
Statement of Purpose. Students must submit a succinct statement of 300-500 words concerning their past work and preparation related to their intended field of study, their academic plans for graduate study at the Hebrew University and their subsequent career objectives. 
Passport photocopy of inside page. 


Passport-sized photo

Curriculum Vitae detailing academic honours, published materials, extracurricular or community activities, foreign study and recent employment experience. 
Medical Certificate completed and signed by a physician (can be downloaded from the online application). 
Academic Paper Seminar paper/course paper or any other paper, written in English, on the academic topic of your choice.
English Proficiency Exam. Please see information in the above section "Admissions Requirements". 

Israeli Identity Card (Teudat Zehut) photocopy, if applicable. 



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