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The Asper International Program on Israeli Law and Society (Mishpatim)


  • Gain an understanding of the basic concepts and institutional framework of Israeli law, government, and economy.
  • Draw connections between the Canadian experience and the Israeli one.
  • Review topics like business law, immigrant and refugee law, human rights law, and international trade law.
  • Experience the vibrant culture of a historic, high-tech city with visits to significant sites throughout Jerusalem and Israel.

This three-week seminar offers Canadian law or business students an overview of the contemporary Israeli legal system and an introduction to the major social and economic challenges affecting Israel in recent years. As a student, you will compare and contrast the Israeli experience to the Canadian one, as many issues that affect Israel apply to Canada as well.

Through guest lectures by leading academics and successful professionals, you’ll explore topics like Israel as the start-up nation, the rise of Israel as a world leader in high-tech innovation, and the challenges of integrating immigrants, refugees, and minority groups into the mainstream economy.


This is an intensive three-week seminar made up of lectures and field trips.

Course Components

  • Field trips to the Knesset, the Supreme Court, and the Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum
  • Visits to offices of international high-tech business enterprises and innovative start-ups in Tel Aviv
  • Assigned readings and class participation
  • Guest lectures from local experts
  • Final exam (or final paper, depending on home university’s requirements)

Optional Seminar Paper

Students may elect to write a seminar paper of at least 7500 words in addition to the exam in order to receive two additional credits*. The topic of the paper along with the exact date of submission will be determined with the instructor but may not be later than August 25, 2020. Students who wish to opt for this option must notify the course instructor at the beginning of the program.

*Students must follow up with their home university regarding recognizing these two additional credits.

Applicants and students accepted to the program are required to apply for the seminar paper through the online application. Only accepted students attending the program are offered the option to submit a seminar paper for additional credit for the program.

View the syllabus or visit the University of Manitoba program page for more details about the program.

You’ll be invited to participate in a wide array of trips, tours, and activities offered by the Office of Student Life. From a tour of the Old City to a trip to the Dead Sea to checking out the local festivals, you’ll build your own unique impressions and memories of Jerusalem and Israel.

While residing in HebrewU dormitories with other international and Israeli students, you’ll have a chance to form new friendships and get involved in campus life. A team of multilingual Israeli students, called madrichim, is also there to help you adjust to your new surroundings and give you tips on things to do. Learn more about student life at HebrewU.

Application deadline: Program Cancelled for Spring 2021

Please note: 

  • The application deadline includes the submission of all application documents.
  • Applications that are incomplete by February 14, 2020, will be charged a late fee of US$ 150 unless granted special permission from the Rothberg International School.

Deposit deadline: US $250 to be paid by March 1st, 2020 (non-refundable)

Arrive on campus: May 4, 2020

Program length: Three weeks

Seminar paper registration deadline: May 18, 2020

Latest deadline for seminar paper submission: August 25, 2020

Program fee: US $2,270

Application fee:  US $80 (not included in the tuition fee)

Deposit: US $250 (Non-refundable)

Housing (in Student Village dormitories*):  US $660

*Housing is restricted to the Student Village only.

Students must arrange and pay for transportation to Israel, along with meals and other living expenses.

Learn more about fees, cost of living, and paying for the program. A generous subsidy is available to Canadian law school students, provided by private Canadian donors.

Fee for 2-credit seminar paper: US $120


A limited number of scholarships based on demonstrated need or merit are available.

This course is open to the University of Manitoba’s Robson Hall law students, Asper School of Business students, and law students across Canada. Students from other countries are also welcome to apply.


We’re pleased you’re applying to join us in Jerusalem. To apply, please note the following:

  • Contact Ms. Destiny Weimar to fill out a waiver form.
  • Students who fail to complete a waiver form prior to applying will not be guaranteed a spot.
  • To apply for the Asper Mishpatim program,  please select “Special Programs” and the academic year “2019-2020” and then “Asper International Program on Israeli Law and Society (Mishpatim)” on the online application.
  • To be able to write the optional seminar paper, you are required to apply for it online. Only students who are accepted to and attend the program are permitted to submit the seminar paper.
  • To apply for the optional seminar paper, make sure you select both “Asper International Program on Israeli Law and Society (Mishpatim)” and “Seminar Paper (Asper Program Mishpatim)” on the online application under “Special Programs” and the academic year “2019-2020.”
  • Scroll down the online application page to the section “Supplementary Application Materials” for more information on documents that you are required to submit with your application.


We’re happy to answer any questions you might have – or to chat for a bit to help you choose the right course or program.

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Fast Facts


The Asper International Program on Israeli Law and Society (Mishpatim)(48872)
Seminar Paper (48840)

Teaching Faculty:

Dr. Daniel Ohana

Language of Instruction:



Introduction to Israeli Law & Society
Academic hours: 60
Credits: 4

Seminar Paper
Credits: 2

Course Dates:

Program Cancelled for Spring 2021


University of Manitoba’s Robson Hall law students, Asper School of Business students, and law students across Canada; students from additional countries are welcome.

Please note that due to overwhelming demand, space is limited.


Introduction to Law & Society
Application fee: US $80
Tuition: US $2,270
Housing: US $660

Seminar Paper 
Fee: US $120


Program Cancelled for Spring 2021

Relevant Academic Fields:

Law, human rights, sociology, public administration, international relations

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