MINI-SEMESTER COURSES. These core courses are mandatory and offered only during the Mini-Semester.
Introduction to Israeli Law - Professor Ron Harris
This course will introduce international students the Israeli legal system. It will survey the historical construction of the Israeli legal system, starting with the Ottoman Empire, going through the British Mandate, Independence and post-independence eras as formative periods, the codification, the Constitutional Revolution and concluding for now with the early 21st century. It will place the Israeli system on the comparative law map between the common law and civil law traditions. It will present the court system, with special attention to the Supreme Court and its role as High Court of Justice. It will present the role of the Legislature and of statutory and regulatory reforms.
Introduction to Law and Economics - Professor Avraham Tabbach
This course will provide an introduction to economic analysis of the law. We shall see how legal rules and institutions can correct market failures. Covered topics shall include the Coase Theorem, economic analysis of breach of contract, introduction to game theory, property v' liability rules, litigation and settlement, tax v' subsidy, economic analysis of eminent domain, criminal sanctions (the tradeoff between the certainty and severity of punishment), accidents, precautions & optimal activity level, regulation v' liability for harm, products liability and non-monetary damages. There is no formal economics prerequisite to take this course. The purpose of the course is to introduce economic analysis methodology to the students, equip them with the basic tools of this school of thought and apply it to several major areas of the law.
Introduction to Law and Society - Prof. Daphna Hacker
The course deals with the interrelations between the law and the society in which it operates. We will focus on sociological theories of the law, its origins and functions, and on law & society methodologies. We will explore issues such as the accessibility of different social groups to the formal legal system, the power of the law to bring about social change, compliance and obedience to the law, the gap between the law in the books and the law in action, and the social roles of judges, lawyers and juries.
The purpose of the course is to expose students to socio-legal theories of the law and related social institutions and to provide them with analytical and critical tools that will enable them to further investigate the law as a social field and their role within it.
These year-long courses are mandatory and are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Scholars' Workshop: Legal Theory - Professor Roy Kreitner
Academic reflection on law asks a variety of questions, ranging from legal reasoning (how do lawyers think? how do they identify legal sources? what types of arguments are valid? what are the principles of interpretation for legal norms? is law scientific?), to questions of the nature and function of law (what is the role of law in society? what is the relationship between law and the state? between law and governance? between law and politics? what kinds of institutions constitute a law-bound society?). The workshop will survey some of the leading attempts to come to grips with these questions, concentrating on the past century of legal thought in the US and Europe. The workshop will run through three quarters. Students will write six reaction papers based on the readings assigned for class, and they will also make oral presentations on the material.
Contemporary Issues in Israel - Dr. Olga Frishman
The purpose of this workshop is to acquaint students with the most salient issues on the Israeli national agenda. These issues will be covered from a legal angle but also from many other perspectives: political, economic, cultural, and moral among others. Among the issues that will be discussed in the workshop are the rights of the Palestinian Citizens of Israel/Arab-Israelis, the legal status of the West Bank and Gaza, the rights of the Ultra-Orthodox community, Jewish law in Israel, gay rights, the Holocaust, the role of the Israeli media, and the work of non-governmental organizations in Israel. Through these discussions, the workshop will give tools to understand Israeli constitutional law and the relevance of international law in the Israeli legal system and highlight what makes Israel interesting and unique from a legal perspective. Every session will feature a speaker, or several speakers, who are at the forefront of research or of practice in the relevant field who will discuss the assigned topic. Reading material will be distributed prior to each class.