A rich variety of elective courses are offered to allow students to further tailor the program to meet their interests. Students may choose from a wide variety of courses offered by TAU's Graduate Programs for International students. When available, these courses are usually offered during the Spring and Summer semesters.
The professors and courses refer to the 2015-2016 academic year - please be aware that courses and professors change each year.
Course: Critical Perspectives on Law
Professor Markus Dubber, University of Toronto
Course number: 1411722550
This course is about different ways of looking at law. It is for students who are interested in taking a step back from the legal rules in various shapes and sizes (from the “rule against perpetuities” to the “Rule of Law”) that they encounter in their legal studies, to gain some perspective(s) on “The Law.”
The course readings are chosen to stimulate critical analysis and to provoke debate. Drawn from a wide range of methodological and disciplinary approaches to law (e.g., Legal Realism, Law & Society, Law & History, Law & Literature, Law & Feminism, Comparative Law, Critical Legal Studies, Legal Science), they will include both “classic” and contemporary texts of general scope and those that zoom in on particular areas of legal doctrine, notably in criminal law.
Grade: 24 Hrs. Take Home Exam (Nov. 12, 2015)
Course: Contemporary Legal Issues in the Islamic World
Dr. Lena Salaymeh
Course number: 1411718901
This course begins with an overview of modern Islamic reforms, focusing on how colonialism and secularization processes altered Islamic legal systems. From this groundwork, we will explore the place of Islamic law within contemporary political Islamism and constitutional debates. Through country and topical case studies, the class will also deal with some of the most important current issues shaping Islamic law. No prior knowledge of Islamic law is necessary. (Course readings can be provided in Arabic.) Students will write a few short (approximately 1-2 pages) response papers and a slightly longer (approximately 5 pages) final paper.
Grade: Attendance and participation 20%, Presentation 10%, Two response/persuasion papers (1-2 pages) 30%, Final persuasion paper (5 pages) 40%
Course: International Negotiations
Professor Gabriella Blum, Harvard University
Course number: 1411722250
This is a workshop-style course intended to better acquaint students with those negotiation elements that are more particular to the international arena (with an emphasis on diplomatic and political negotiations). Through a combination of theoretical analysis, case-studies, and simulations, we will address the following issues: Negotiating across and behind the table; strategies and tactics in diplomacy and international negotiations; multilateral negotiations; cross-cultural dimensions of negotiations; international mediation; the concept of power in international negotiations; designing and drafting international agreements; and ethics in international negotiations. Enrollment is limited to 40 students. Students are required to participate in all simulations, prepare negotiations memos, and write a final paper on a topic related to international negotiations.
There will be some simulations that require 3-hours blocks; students must make sure they can attend those blocks.
Grade: Participation 40%, Final Paper 60%.
***Registration for this course is extremely limited. The professor and program coordinator will confirm your enrollment in this course. Dropping this course is not permitted if your enrollment is confirmed.
Course: An Introduction to the Legal System in the People’s Republic of China
Dr. Luxue Yu, Renmin University of China
Course number: 1411723250
We will consider (a) the historical development of the legal system; (b) sources of law (c) the role of the courts, judges and lawyers (d) the relationship between the courts and legal system in mainland China and Hong Kong SAR (e) future developments.
Grade: Final Paper 100%.
Professor William Ian Miller, University of Michigan
Course number: 1411597550
Introduction to the Icelandic sagas, which are superbly brilliant on matters of political and social theory, and strategy and tactic, in a rough world in which smarts still matter more than muscle, but you need both.
Grade: Participation 20%, Paper and Quizzes 80%.
Course: Graduate Course: Legal Theory, Jewish Studies & Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Professor Suzanne Stone, Cardozo
Course number: 1411719440
This course provides an introduction to legal theory for doctoral students in Jewish Studies and other disciplines. The goal of the course is to offer an additional hermeneutical tool for reading Jewish texts and a useful theoretical framework for thinking conceptually about them. It is also appropriate for students outside the field of Jewish Studies who wish to engage the intersection of law and other disciplines such as history, literature, anthropology, etc. We first acquire a common vocabulary and then focus on the Anglo-American common law tradition and the interpretive turn in constitutional law. We then turn to interdisciplinary studies, including law and history, law and language, law and emotions, and law and political theology. The readings will be paired with primary sources (primarily rabbinic texts). Undergraduates wishing to take this course require permission of the instructor.
Grade: Papers 100%.
Course: Chinese Law in the Changing Society
Professor Wang Chenguang, Tsinghua University
Course number: 1411722350
China, in the process of the most fascinating and rapid social transitions, has been endeavouring to develop its legal system and a rule of law, which is suitable and compatible with this changing society. This course is to provide you with the current information and knowledge of this new and emerging legal system against the historical, social, economic and cultural background in China. It will focus on some important subjects of the legal system, such as its historical evolution, its social and political environment, its legislative, governmental, legal and judicial structures, the role of law in the social and economic development, and other selected topics such as judicial reform, enforcement of law, labour law and property law, etc. With the view that legal rules and systems are integral parts of the overall social system, it intends to introduce not only the legal rules and the institutions, but also their operation in Chinese social context and their interplay with other social factors. Rather than intending to cover all issues in Chinese law, it will select some major areas of law for in-depth analysis and press for further inquiries into and analysis of the interplay of law and social changes and its impacts on future China.
Grade: 24 Hrs. Take Home Exam (March 31, 2016)
Course: Criminal Justice in Israel
Professor Kenneth Mann
Course number: 1411704401
This course will focus on central characteristics of the criminal legal process in Israel. We will look at Israeli legal process in comparative perspective, using United States case law as a backdrop for identifying critical issues in criminal justice. The course will give special emphasis to a “downside-up” empirical view of how the legal process actually operates in police stations, prosecutors’ offices, the courts and in prisons. We will develop an empirical model of criminal justice, and compare it with law-in-the books. Emphasis will be given to the important differences in criminal justice for the poor as compared to the rich, and how those differences become evident at different stages of the criminal process, such as in plea bargaining, the conduct of criminal trials, sentencing and in appeals. Special attention will also be given to lawyers’ ethics in criminal defense representation and prosecutorial advocacy. We will also look at use of administrative detention in matters related to national security offenses, refugee entry and illegal immigration. Overall we will try to identify distinctive aspects of the Israeli legal process as compared to the American legal process.
Grade: 20% Papers, 80% Take Home Exam (April 10, 2016). Extra credit will be given for productive class.
Course: Pragmatism, Truth and the Law
Professor Cheryl Misak, University of Toronto
Course number: 1411724050
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was one of the founders of pragmatism. He put forward a bottom-up theory of law, on which the common law is a growing, evolving enterprise – an inquiry starting from cases and precedent, then driven by experience, conflict and unanticipated problems. In this course, we shall examine this kind of pragmatism, as well as legal realism, and ask whether we can make sense of a low-profile, pragmatist account of truth in the law.
Grade: Final Exam 100%.