The Summer Workshop
Dates: 14th July–1st August, 2014
Academic Program120 academic hours in a degree track towards an LL.M degree or in a certificate track.
Three courses will be offered:
Theoretical and Comparative Legal Procedure
(Coordinator: Dr. Rabeea Assy)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that without access to fair court there can be no legal rights and hence no rule of law. The transformation from the state of nature into modern society largely depends on the extent to which legal rights are enforced in an effective and efficient way. This course will discuss theoretical aspects of legal procedure (including evidence) in both the civil and criminal contexts, and expose a number of interesting issues that will be analyzed through comparative lenses. The primary purpose is to provide new ways of thinking about legal procedure and evidence. Procedural rules are often thought of as being secondary and technical in nature, bearing no normative significance and merely facilitative. A deeper enquiry will reveal that serious theoretical issues underpin many procedural rules and that, while most procedural regimes seek to achieve the same general purpose (resolving disputes over legal rights), they often do so in different ways that may signify philosophical difference as well as different balances between the various competing interests.
(Coordinator: Prof. Amnon Reichman)
The course will examine the main challenges to the rule of law in developed in developing and countries. Special attention will be paid to challenges emanating from extreme conditions (natural disasters, armed conflicts or sever internal strife). The course will address conceptual questions regarding the limits of law and the legal process, doctrinal questions pertaining to legal mechanisms in place to secure the rule of law (in ordinary and non-ordinary times) and institutional questions relating to the interplay between the various agencies in charge of protecting the rule of law. Methodologically, the course will include comparative examples, and in-depth analysis of case studies involving palpable challenges to the rule of law.
(Coordinators: Prof. Gad Barzilai and Dr. Alexander Kedar)
This course unveils the theoretical, empirical and practical aspects of law and society. It begins with a theoretical analysis of the fundamentals of social and political forces in law, both domestically and from a comparative perspective. Then it drills into various specific topics like: culture in law, institutions in law, political elites in law, law and social class, law and minorities, law and social mobilization, law and a social change. Through a theoretical and empirical analysis of all topics the class is oriented to examine what law and society studies may mean for judicial decision making and what might be the ramifications on the judiciary. Class debates will be encouraged.