Specialization: International Law & Human Rights

With increasing globalization, distinctions between the domestic and the international fade. Numerous regulatory decisions, once decided domestically, are influenced, even shaped, by international institutions and international law.  These processes have an impact on Israel and the entire Middle East region. Israel, is particularly exposed to the forces of globalization, being open to international trade and subject to scrutiny by external actors regarding its policies.  Israel is also a major contributor to the evolution of international law mainly through the sophisticated and groundbreaking decisions of the Supreme Court that resonate throughout the world and command attention and respect.  Israeli scholarship on international law stands at the cutting edge of the study of international law and is widely respected.

The goal of the International Law & Human Rights Track is to provide students with tools that will enable them to identify and explore the emerging global regulatory regimes in the fields of human rights and humanitarian law, environmental and cultural heritage protection, trade and investment regulation, and other fields.  As well as to assess the normative challenges that these regime pose to our democratic sensibilities and reflect on the possibilities for shaping these global institutions and their policies through accountability requirements of transparency, participation, reason-giving, liability, and judicial review.  This track is therefore attractive not only to students interested in international law but also to those whose passion is constitutional law and administrative law and those who wish to gain the tools to address problems of public law and policy in an era of global interdependency.

To complete your specialization in International Law and Human Rights track, you must take at least 14-15 credits of the LL.M.’s 32 required credits, from courses within the track, but you are more than welcome to take as many courses as you see fit – and that fit your schedule.  You can also take courses from the other tracks, in addition to general elective courses.

 

The professors and courses refer to the 2019-2020 academic year - please be aware that courses and professors change each year.

 

The International Law & Human Rights seminar, Labor Approach to Human Trafficking, will be taught by Dr. Hila Shamir. During the Fall Semester, you can take courses with Prof. Lee Andrew Bygrave (University of Oslo) on EU Data Protection Law: Fundamentals, Flaws, and Futures; with Prof. Guy Mundlak (TAU Law) on International Law of Work; and with Prof. Ekaterina Tyagay (Kutafin Moscow State Law University), a course on Matrimonial Property Regimes in Comparative Perspective.  Prof. Achilles Skordas (Max Planck Institute) will teach a course on The ICJ between International Law and Geopolitics and the course The End of Nature: Law, Science, and the Environment on a Warming Planet will be taught by Prof. Irus Braverman (Buffalo Law School).

In the Spring semester, the International Law Workshop led by Dr. Eliav Lieblich and Dr. Tamar Meggido (TAU Law) will host authors who will discuss their works in progress. Dr. Melanie Levy will teach a course on Health and Human Rights; Prof. Patrick Macklem (University of Toronto) will teach Human Rights and their Critics; and Prof. Lucie White (Harvard Law School) together with Prof. Jeremy Perelman (Sciences Po, France) will teach a course on Development, Inequality and Human Rights.  You can also choose to study International Intellectual Property Law with Prof. Amir Khoury (TAU).

Prof. Francesco Biagi (University of Bologna) offers a course on Comparative Constitutional Law; and Prof. Helena Alviar (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) on Contemporary Critical Legal Thought: Perspectives from the Periphery.  Prof. Jack Rakove (Stanford University) will offer The American Approach to Religious Freedom: History and Law and Dr. Rachel Friedman (TAU) will delve into The Welfare State: Philosophy, Politics and Law.  Prof. Jonathan Simon (University of California, Berkeley) will teach Punishment and Modern Society: an Introduction and Dr. Daphna Shraga (U.N.) International Legal Perspectives on the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict.  

 

This is how it looks, for the International Law & Human Rights Track lawyer:

 

FALL Q1
  • Seminar - Labor Approach to Human Trafficking
  • EU Data Protection Law: Fundamentals, Flaws, and Futures
  • The International law of Work 

FALL Q2

  • Seminar - Labor Approach to Human Trafficking
  • “The End of Nature”: Law, Science, and the Environment on a Warming Planet
  • Matrimonial Property Regimes in Comparative Perspective
  • The ICJ between International Law and Geopolitics

SPRING Q3

  • Seminar - Labor Approach to Human Trafficking
  • Workshop - International Law 
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • The American Approach to Religious Freedom: History and Law
  • Human Rights and their Critics
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Welfare State: Philosophy, Politics and Law
  • International Legal Perspectives on the Israeli - Palestinian Conflict

SPRING Q4

  • Seminar - Labor Approach to Human Trafficking
  • Workshop - International Law
  • Development, Inequality and Human Rights
  • Punishment and Modern Society: an Introduction
  • Contemporary Critical Legal Thought:  Perspectives from the Periphery

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