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Mishpatim Seminar: Israeli & International Law


  • Learn from lectures by leading academics and experienced practitioners.
  • Learn about the contemporary Israeli legal system and the challenges it has grappled within recent years.
  • Visit locations such as the Supreme Court of Israel, the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.

This seminar introduces you to the Israeli legal system and explores current issues and controversies at the core of the Israeli legal debate. You’ll examine key questions regarding the role of the judiciary in the Israeli system of government, the tension between the democratic and Jewish attributes of the state of Israel, the Palestinian population in Israel and the Occupied Territories, and the status of asylum-seekers.

The curriculum touches on a variety of highly relevant topics including international criminal law, constitutional law, human rights, immigration and refugee law, and legal aspects of counterterrorism. You’ll learn from guest lectures by some of Israel’s prominent young legal scholars as well as advocates working to promote democracy and human rights in Israel.


This 60-hour seminar, conducted entirely in English, provides students with knowledge of the basic concepts and institutional framework of Israeli law, as well as a practical perspective regarding the operation of the legal system on the ground in a variety of realms, both through lectures and tours.

Course Components 

  • Field trips to locations such as the Supreme Court of Israel, the Knesset (Parliament of Israel), and Yad VaShem (the Holocaust Museum).
  • Daily course readings on statutory law and common law, along with academic commentary by Israeli and international jurists.
  • The schedule is planned to allow students sufficient time to travel around the country and discover first-hand the rich and diverse aspects of Israeli society. View the tentative syllabus.
  • Attendance is mandatory throughout the program.
  • Formal assessment at the conclusion of the course. This requirement may vary according to the home University and the type of degree

Additional information about the program is available on the Mishpatim program website.

Apply by: November 30, 2022
Program dates: January 9 – 2 February, 2023
Program length: Four weeks

Application fee: $120
Course: $2,430
Housing*: $775
*Depending on availability  

Learn more about fees, cost of living, and paying for the program.


The Australian Friends of the Hebrew University will consider providing financial assistance on the basis of academic merit, financial need or community involvement. Please contact a Student Liaison Officer for more information.

This program is open to you as a student who has completed at least one year of study at an Australian (or other) university in law, international relations, political science, religious studies, or peace and conflict studies. You are also eligible as a practicing lawyer or member of the clergy. Most students will be from Australia, but students from other countries are welcome to apply.


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Dr. Daniel Ohana

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Esther Berggrun

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Fast Facts


Mishpatim Seminar: Israeli and International Law


Teaching Faculty:

Dr. Daniel Ohana

Language of Instruction:



Academic hours: 60
Academic credits: 4

Program Dates:

January 9 – 2 February, 2023


Students who have completed at least one year of study at an Australian university in the approved fields (see Eligibility), practicing lawyers, and clergy members; students from other countries welcome to apply.

Application Deadline:

November 30, 2022


Application fee: $120
Tuition: $2,430
Housing:* $775

*Depending on availability 

Relevant academic fields:

Law, international relations, human rights, counterterrorism

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