English Courses

First Semester

a2Introduction to Law

Dr. Omer Kimhi, University of Haifa

10/10, 12/10, 17/10, 19/10, 24/10, 31/10, 01/11, 07/11

This course provides a general introduction to the law and to the study of law. Students will become acquainted with the main fields of law: private law, criminal law, constitutional and administrative law. Specific attention will be paid to the basic differences between common law and civil law systems and to the relationship between national laws and European law. Besides the study and discussion of literature, students will train specific legal skills, such as the use of statutes, the analysis of judgments and the solution of legal cases. This course seeks to: Harmonize levels of understanding of law among lawyers and economists in the EMLE programme Facilitate among lawyers from various countries an understanding of basic legal concepts and doctrines across legal systems Introduce both lawyers & economists to legal concepts and methods that are instrumental in the field of law and economics.

a2Introduction to Microeconomics

Dr. Hila Nevo, University of Haifa

09/10, 14/10, 16/10, 21/10, 23/10, 28/10, 30/10, 04/11, 06/11

Economic analysis of law investigates legal rules and enforcement from an efficiency perspective. The main purpose of this course is to equip students with the fundamental set of conceptual tools of microeconomics, which can be applied to different economic and regulatory problems. After dwelling into the analytics of consumers’ and producers’ choice, the course discusses the main market structures, risk and uncertainty, and market failures.

a2Concepts and Methods of Law and Economics

Prof. Alessandro Pomelli, Bologna University Italy

24/10/18, 26/10/18 28/10/18, 29/10/18, 31/10/18, 02/11/18

This course offers an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of law and economics. It illustrates the broad utility of these tools by way of applications to the analysis of various core areas of law. This course does not aim to develop practical skills or new insights, but rather to show the broad utility of economic analysis of law. By combining examples from various areas of law, students will learn that the economic approach to law provides a unified vision of the law, tying together diverse areas of the law into a common theoretical structure.

a2Economic Analysis of Private Law

Dr. Alan Miller, University of Haifa

18/11, 20/11, 21/11, 25/11, 27/11, 28/11, 4/12, 5/12, 7/12, 10/12, 11/12, 16/12

his double course aims at giving students an overview of the most important insights from the economic analysis of private law. It combines economic analysis of property law, tort law, and contract law. As far as property law is concerned, the course integrates the legal and the economic approach to ownership and illustrates costs and benefits of different ways to protect entitlements. As far as tort law is concerned, the course offers a comparative analysis of the legal principles from an economic perspective, particularly regarding the structure of liability, the damage compensation, and the insurance. As far as contract law is concerned, the course illustrates its goals and functions from an economic perspective. Moreover, it aims to provide a functional understanding of the spectrum of feasible contracts and of their use in legal practice.

a2Economic Analysis of Public Law

Prof. Eli Salzberger, University of Haifa

19/11, 22/11, 03/12, 06/12, 12/12, 13/12

The Economic Analysis of Law (or the Law and Economics movement) is one of the most important contemporary paradigms to examine law in theoretical perspectives: on the positive level of analysis - explaining legal and institutional arrangements and judicial decision-making, and on the normative level of analysis - evaluating the institutional, legal and judicial arrangements and advocating reforms of them.
The course will offer an introduction to the economic approach to public law, an introduction that will emphasize broad philosophical and theoretical debates, rather than techniques and specific topics. It will adopt a broad view of Economics, embarking on positive analysis - the explanation of legal norms and institutions, as well as normative analysis - ways of evaluating these norms and institutions. These analyses will be based on various branches of economics, such as neo-classical microeconomics, welfare economics, behavioral economics, but since you will meet those disciplines in your other courses, we will focus on public choice, the branch of economics dealing with collective decision-making, which is a key foundation of public law – the law governing the state institutions and the relations among them, as well as the relations between the state and its individuals. In formal legal categorization public law includes two main branches of law: constitutional law and administrative law.
The limited class hours mean that we will not be able to cover many important topics. Some of those will be worked through by several groups of students, which will present their collective studies in the last classes. The last point also bares on the composition of the final grade which will be comprised from the a final exam (70%) and a grade for active individual and group participation (30%).

SchneiderInternational conflict resolution

Prof. Andrea Schneider, Marquette University Law School

17.12, 19.12, 21.12, 2.01, 03.01, 06.01

The purpose of this course is to understand the different tools of conflict resolution as applied to external as well as internal disputes and conflicts. We will use different case studies from around the world—Ireland, Rwanda, etc—before turning to closer study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The course will be interactive with role-plays, small group work, and exercises in addition to producing a final review paper.

a2European Intellectual Property Law

Prof. Justine Pila, Oxford

31.12.18, 01.01.19, 04.01.19, 06.01.19, 08.01.19, 10.01.19

This course offers an introduction to the economic analysis of regulation, which is broadly interpreted as government intervention in market processes. The course illustrates the purposes of regulatory intervention from a welfare economics perspective, and it discusses the tension between public and private interest in regulatory choices. A special focus of this course is on issues of European regulation and on cost-benefit analysis.

Second Semester

a2Business Contracts and Consumer Protection in European Law

Prof. Pietro Sirena, Bocconi Italy

06.03, 08.03, 10.03, 12.03, 14.03, 17.03

The course aims at providing a concise overview of the European law applicable to business and consumer contracts. A general part will depict the basic features and the architecture of European contract law, which sets forth different regulation of Business-to-Business, Business-to-Consumer and Business-to-business transactions (class 1). Some issues of international private law will be addressed, among which the parties’ freedom to choose the law applicable to their contract (class 2). After dealing with the construction of business and consumer contracts (class 3), attention will be drawn to the decisive role played by the principle of good faith, which is significantly different in business and consumer contracts (class 4). Standard contract terms will be discussed and the voidness of their unfair terms (class 5). Finally, it will be touched upon banking contracts and payment services (class 6).

a2The Liberalization of Family Law in the United States and Western Europe

Prof. Laura T. Kessler , Utah University USA

05/03/19,11/03/19, 9/03/19, 26/03/19, 01/04/19,08/04/19

This course will examine the modern development of family law toward a more inclusive, liberatory, equality-driven field of law in the United States and other Western democracies, and the debates and controversies that this trend has generated. Specific topics will likely include the decriminalization of sodomy; interracial, same-sex, and polygamous marriages; partnership rights of unmarried cohabitants; no-fault divorce; equitable distribution of marital property; and joint custody of children. Within each topic, we will explore larger questions about legitimate restrictions that governments may impose on sexual intimacy and family relationships, tensions between liberalization and religious freedom, and differences among various countries in the liberalization project. We will weigh competing political perspectives, including those from feminist legal theory, queer legal theory, and critical race theory, as well as concrete reform proposals. Readings will focus on family law in the United States, with some sources from Europe and Israel.

a2The Law and Economics of Accidents and Disasters

Prof. Michael Faure , Maastricht University

02/04/19, 04/04/19, 07/04/19, 09/04/19, 11/04/19, 14/04/19

This course focuses on the economic approach to the instruments that can be used to prevent accidents and disasters and to compensate victims. Attention will be paid to preventive instruments such as liability rules and safety regulation; attention will also be paid to insurance and related compensation mechanisms. Recent disasters (Fukushima, Deepwater Horizon) will be discussed to illustrate the law and economics insights.

a2Constitutional Law of the European Union. Theories, History and Contemporary Problems

Prof. Otto Pfersmann,University Paris 1 France

30.04.19, 2.05.19, 03.05.19, 05.05.19, 07.05.19, 10.05.19

The course will focus on the history of the legal oranisation of Europe, the development of the idea of a „Constitution of Europe“ , the question of the distribution of competences between Union and Member States, the problem of the insitutional design of Union organs, the development of fundamental rights within European Union Law and their judicial application, the present debate about the future of the Union.

ian kerrRobot Law

Prof. Ian Kerr , University of Ottawa Canada

12.05.19, 13.05.19 , 15.05.19, 20.05.19, 21.05.19 , 23.05.19

We are entering an age of advanced robotics and automation. By the time that students enrolled in this course become established in their legal careers, it is anticipated that robots will be our diagnosticians and our domestic servants. Other complex services once offered by humans will be completely automated; these automated systems will substitute for human decision-making.
How do law and technology structure and constrain our possible future worlds? What laws or ethical rules ought to govern a society enmeshed in human-computer interaction? And how will these various codes enable and disable the possibility of achieving what is good, what is right and what is just?
The aim of this course is to interrogate the above questions through an exploration of the state of the art of robot and automation technologies and their introduction into society. Robots allow us to explore questions of legal ontology and epistemology, including what it means to know or enforce the law, the nature of rules and rule-following, what makes laws and their interpretation legitimate, the nature of just code, etc. We will also consider, more generally, the ethical and legal significance of populating robots in the workplace, market and home. Through a critique of existing and soon to be proposed ethical and legislative frameworks, we will contemplate the interrelationship between ethics, law and technology by thinking about the general goals of artificial intelligence, whether and how robots ought to be programmed, how automated systems ought to resolve conflicting rules and norms, and about the broader social implications of boarding this strange Mothership.
Through this interrogation, students will consider core ethical and legal concepts including questions about sentience and personhood, legal and moral agency, servitude and slavery, criminal and civil liability, safety, privacy, and security. Students will also have the opportunity to further refine their skills in public speaking and oral argumentation, and to renew their abilities in legal research and writing.