These core courses are mandatory and offered only during the Core-Semester.
VERY IMPORTANT – applies for all Courses, Workshops and Seminars Class attendance is mandatory. A student that misses more than four classes will not be eligible to take the final exam.
Course: Introduction to Law and Society
Dr. Tamar Kricheli-Katz - TAU
The course deals with the relationships across law, society and culture. We will focus on sociological theories of the law, its origins and functions. Among other things, we will discuss the following topics: Legal sanctions and their relationship to morality, rationality and cognition; compliance and obedience to the law, crime and perversion; the gap between the law in the books and the law in action, the social roles of judges, lawyers and juries.
Grade Components: 100% Take Home Exam
Course: Introduction to Israeli Law
Prof. Assaf Likhovski- TAU
This course will introduce international students to the Israeli legal system. Like Israeli society, Israeli law is a rich tapestry, a product of many different cultural influences, and many historical layers. The course will provide a survey of the history of Israeli law, beginning with the late-Ottoman and British mandatory eras, moving to the post-independence phase of Israeli law, discussing the history of Israeli civil legislation in the 1960s and 1970s, the constitutional revolution of the 1990s, and concluding with a discussion of the state of Israeli law in the early 21st century. The Israeli legal system will be compared both to common law and civil law legal systems. We will also discuss the role of the Israeli Supreme Court in the Israeli legal system, analyzing some of the landmark decisions of this court, decisions which reflect major questions and conflicts facing Israel today.
Grade Components: 100% Take Home Exam
Course: Introduction to Law & Economics
Prof. Prof. Avraham Tabbach - TAU
The course is designed to introduce you to the major insights of the economic analysis of law in central areas of law such as torts, property, criminal law, and legal procedure. While the course is not a technical course, and no background in economics is required, insights from game theory and economics are intellectually interesting, and, more importantly, are useful for analyzing legal policy, in theory and in practice.
Grade Components: 100% In Class Exam
YEALLONG MANDATORY CORE COURSES.
Course: Contemporary Issues in Israel
Ms. Dana Alexander- TAU
The purpose of this course is to acquaint the students with the most salient issues on the Israeli national agenda. These issues will be presented from a legal angle but also from several other perspectives-political, economic, cultural, and social. We will discuss issues such as: citizenship and democracy, religion and state, the status of various groups in Israeli society (Palestinians, ultra-orthodox, asylum-seekers), the occupied territories, labor and housing issues, socio-economic policies and developments. Every session will feature one or several speakers, who are at the forefront of research or practice in the relevant field.
Grade Components: 80% Average of 7 papers, 20% participation
Seminar: Scholars' Workshop: Legal Theory
Prof. Avihay Dorfman -TAU
The twentieth century was marked by intense debates concerning the basic ideas about the law: What is the role of law in society? What is the relation between politics and law? What is the nature of the legal process? What should be the guiding principles of legal interpretation and judicial reasoning? And, what is the role of the various legal institutions of the state? American legal theory, which dealt with these questions, has been globally influential, impacting the consciousness of legal elites – lawmakers, legal academics, judges and administrators – throughout the world. The Workshop will examine the internal evolutions within the American legal field and the way it has disseminated to the field of international law as well as to various jurisdictions across the world.
Grade Components: Seminar