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 2020-2021 academic year - please be aware that due to Covid-19 courses and professors are subject to change at any time.
Please note, 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. Jagteshwar Singh Sohi (NALSAR University of Law) on Environmental Justice: Stories and Struggles; with Prof. Tsvi Kahana on Comparative Constitutional Law; and with Prof. Prince Saprai (University College London, Faculty of Laws), a course on Republican Legal Theory.
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. Regis Bismuth (SciencesPo) will teach International Economic Law -Between Liberalization and Regulation; and Prof. Dagmar Coester-Waltjen together with Prof. Michael Coester (Academia Europaea) will teach a course on International Civil Procedure in a Global World – Jurisdiction, Recognition and Enforcement. You can also choose to study International Intellectual Property Law with Prof. Amir Khoury (TAU).
Dr. Rachel Friedman (TAU) offers a course on The Welfare State:Philosophy, Politics and Law; and Prof. Neil Siegel (Duke Law) offers a course on Introduction to United States Constitutional Law. Dr. Daphna Shraga (U.N.) International Legal Perspectives on the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict.