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Israel and International Law (SPLW201/48777)

Israel and International Law (SPLW201/48777)

July 4 - July 26, 2016


Registration & Dorm Check In: July 3, 2016

Final Day for Dorm Check Out: July 27, 2016

Academic Hours: 45 | Credits: 3 
Tuition: $1600 | Housing: $715

Class schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 16:45-19:45



Concepts in the international legal system are examined, with specific reference to Israel where relevant. While the course is geared toward students in the social sciences, it is structured in a manner that is suitable for students from all disciplines with an interest in international law and Israel. The issues examined help to address common problems confronting Israel in the eyes of the international legal framework. The course includes field trips and guest lectures in order to bring home some of the issues and allow for further engagement and understanding. 


Topic I: Public International Law An Overview 

The key here is to understand the sources of public international law. Consideration will be given to the universal nature of international law and to the nature of obligations within the international legal framework. Think about the meaning of obligation and whether there is a necessity for “law” here. 


Topic II: International Law and International Relations 

Consider the manner in which international law affects international relations and how the two can or cannot conform. The idea of power will be discussed, with a view towards understanding the broader relations affecting Israel. 


Topic III: The United Nations and its International Role 

The lecture will address the history leading up to the UN and how it has played a role in Israel. 


Topic IV: Dealing with Disputes 

Addressing disputes is obviously an important factor in international law. Consider the various ways in which states attempt to settle disputes (negotiation, conciliation, mediation and arbitration). Are they effective? What about assistance from third parties? What damage can they cause and why? We will examine and assess proposals for addressing issues relevant to Israel, as developed in the international sector. 


Topic V: The Use of Force 

We will analyze the classic approaches to the use of force and trace the development up until the UN period. We will then consider the UN provisions on this matter and whether they actually reflect customary international law. This will also comprise an analysis of the status of Jerusalem before and after 1967. 


Topic VI: International Human Rights 

We will consider the role of human rights within the international law framework and the impact it can have on issues concerning Israel. 


Topic VII: The Significance of Culture in the International Framework 

We will examine the role of the right to culture and how it can interplay with issues regarding Israel and the holy places.



Recommeded Combinations


If you are interested in this course, you might consider taking it together with another summer course.



Combines With 

Israel and International Law (SPLW201/48777) 

Conflict Resolution from Theory to Practice: Israel as a Case Study 

The Emergence of the Modern State of Israel  

Between Hamas and ISIS: Radical Islamic Movements in a Changing Middle East  

The Body in Jewish Thought  

Collective Memory and Cultural Myths in Contemporary Israel 

The Politics of Planning in cities of Conflict: The Case of Jerusalem 

The Palestinians: Modern History and Society  


  For an overview of which courses can be combined, please take a look at the Course combination chart and at the Summer Courses Weekly schedule 


When registering for more than one summer course, you will be offered a 10% discount off of the total tuition fee.


Application Information


Applicants currently enrolled in or who have completed an MA program are able to earn graduate credits for their participation in a summer course. More information on earning graduate credits is available on our website.


Take a look at our Online Application Instruction Video and the Overview of the Application Guidelines with useful information on how to complete and submit your online application.


To apply for this program, please click on the following button:


  Application Deadline: May 15th, 2016 - Deadline extended until May 31st

***Please note: The Hebrew University reserves the right to cancel courses for which there is insufficient registration.***


  Course Combination Chart
  Syllabus Israel and International Law
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