International Studies

Global Law Studies in our Faculty

Global Law Program

Semester 1

Introduction to Law

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
  • 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.
עומר קמחי

Dr. Omer Kimhi
University of Haifa

Mrs. Jacki Silbermann
University of Haifa

  • 28/09/23 13:00-17:00
  • 11/10/23 12:00-16:00
  • 18/10/23 12:00-14:00
  • 19/10/23 16:00-19:30
  • 22/10/23 16:00-19:30
  • 24/10/23 16:00-19:30
  • 25/10/23 14:00-16:00
Introduction to Microeconomics
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.

Dr. Hila Nevo
University of Haifa

  • 08/10/2308:30-12:00
  • 10/10/2308:30-12:00
  • 12/10/2308:30-12:00
  • 15/10/2308:30-12:00
  • 16/10/2308:30-12:00
  • 18/10/2308:30-12:00
  • 23/10/2308:30-12:00
  • 22/10/2308:30-12:00
  • 30/10/2308:30-12:00
Concepts and Methods of Law and Economics
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.

Prof. Alessandro Pomelli
Bologna University Italy

  • 25/10/2316:00-19:30
  • 26/10/2316:00-19:30
  • 29/10/2309:00-12:30
  • 30/10/2316:00-19:30
  • 01/11/2316:00-19:30
  • 02/11/2316:00-19:30
Economic Analysis of Private Law
This 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.

Prof. Jaroslaw Beldowski
University of Warsaw

Dr. Hila Nevo
University of Haifa

  • 12/11/2312:00-16:00
  • 13/11/2312:00-16:00
  • 14/11/2312:00-16:00
  • 15/11/2316:00-19:00
  • 16/11/2314:00-17:00
  • 19/11/2312:00-16:00
  • 20/11/2310:00-13:00
  • 28/11/2312:00-16:00
  • 29/11/2208:30-12:00
  • 06/11/2308:30-12:00
  • 12/12/2308:30-12:00
  • 13/12/2312:00-16:00
Economic Analysis of Public Law
This course focuses upon economic analysis of government intervention in markets, including several forms of regulation. It covers economic (or public interest) theories of regulation as well as private interest perspectives. In addition, the course considers cost-benefit analysis and behavioural perspectives on regulation. The assessment will be composed of a ‘short-answer-question’ written exam worth 75% of the grade and a group presentation worth 25% of the grade. the exam will be a take-home exam of three hours duration. The group presentation will take place during the final class and will concern a case study on the regulation of a particular area.

Dr. Roee Sarel
Hamburg University, Germany

  • 15/11/2310:00-14:00
  • 16/11/2310:00-13:00
  • 17/11/2309:00-12:30
  • 20/11/2316:00-19:30
  • 21/11/2310:00-13:00
  • 22/11/2310:00-12:00
  • 14/12/2310:00-12:00
Emerging rights of nature: property, sovereignty, and legal personality
The course will start focussing on new legal stipulations concerning the status of nature or of elements of nature from a comparative, international, and legal-theoretical (mainly Hohfeldian) perspective. The discussion will take its roots in the 2017 legal personification of the river Whanganui in New Zealand. Similar attempts (successful or not) have since taken place which all display legal specificities to be accounted for. This “rights of nature” trend raises a lot of fundamental and practical issues that will be analyzed in the course: such as the role of indigenous communities and the nature of biocultural rights, the theoretical coherence of legal ecocentrism, the modalities through which a natural fixture can exert standing. It is clear that granting elements of nature which have, by definition, a territorial reality raises issues with classical notions of property and sovereignty. We will discuss notions such as permanent sovereignty over natural resources and shared sovereignty over migratory resources to illustrate the complex relationship between sovereignty principles and conceptual frameworks open to alternative forms of nature’s legal autonomy. Many implications follow in the domains of ocean-law and space-law for example, leading to the discussion of transnational commons or public trust doctrines. Finally, the course will probe our “natural” legal conceptions, i.e. our spontaneous ways of conceiving some coherent legal statuses and expressing legally coherent reasoning with respect to natural phenomena in the context of climate change (one main example will be taken from the international status of icebergs).

Prof. Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde
University of Haifa

  • 06/12/2314:00-17:00
  • 13/12/2314:00-17:00
  • 20/12/2314:00-17:00
  • 27/12/2314:00-17:00
  • 03/01/2414:00-17:00
  • 10/01/2414:00-17:00
Game-theoretical approaches to legal issues

The course introduces game-theoretical approaches to legal analysis. No previous knowledge in game-theory is needed. Yet, in the end, the students will have been acquainted with some core concepts of cooperative and non-cooperative game-theory through their application to a variety of legal issues in several domains of law. The course will follow this order.

  • Criminal deterrence (credible threats in extensive form games)
  • The dynamics of marriage and divorce (Gale-Shapley matching algorithm / Nash bargaining model)
  • Corruption and the limits of asymmetric criminalization (extensive form games, subgame perfect equilibrium)
  • Governmental accountability and the optimal level of public transparency (principal-agent models)
  • Separation of powers and the constitutional non-delegation principle (power indices)
  • Linguistic rights in multilingual societies (conversation games).

Prof. Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde
University of Haifa

  • 31/12/2314:00-17:00
  • 02/01/2414:00-17:00
  • 04/01/2414:00-17:00
  • 07/01/2414:00-17:00
  • 09/01/2414:00-17:00
  • 11/01/2414:00-17:00
Corporate Finance: An Introduction to the Basics
This course is intended to be a gentle introduction to the basic principles of corporate finance that are useful to lawyers to know. We will assume that you have taken a course in Corporations or Business Associations, but have had no math since taking algebra in high school, n years ago (n being a large number). We will use algebra – it’s unavoidable – but the focus will be on concepts and the pace will be intentionally moderate.

Prof. Bernard Black

  • 03/01/2416:00-19:30
  • 07/01/2416:00-19:30
  • 16/01/2416:00-19:30

Semester 2

Free speech in liberal democracy
We will study (a) the diversity of “free speech” claims; (b) the decline of free speech as a value; (c) the prospects of reimagining free speech for the 21st century. Our understanding of free speech is not a constant. It does not change in every generation, but it does change. If we endeavour to distinguish between the present and the near-past many things will occur to us, but in the course we will examine our experience of free speech as a value to be championed. How was it championed then, and how now? “Then” it was championed by efforts to enlarge speech boundaries – what could be said, who could speak, and in what places and to what audiences. And this championing of enlargement was, over time, but with what felt like a gathering momentum, successful. What could once only be whispered, could now be spoken with confidence and in full voice. The hitherto silent were finding their voice, and were being heard. Topics that had been suppressed, forms of expression that had been proscribed, etc. – were released into the public realm. It was an affair, most generally, of the overrunning of limitations, with a view to redefining them, setting the parameters wider. These were liberating, invigorating, exciting times. And “now”? Not so invigorating, not so exciting. Instead, we experience a giddy disorientation. The overrunning of boundaries has destroyed the very notion of boundary. And there is a new censoriousness, which threatens the achievements of the recent past but is commonly defended in the name of free speech. We might say: We have passed from limitations on free speech, which were overcome, to threats to free speech, which we struggle to overcome without destroying what we seek to defend. It is not surprising that we find ourselves in a state of confusion and demoralisation. Is there a way out?

Prof. Anthony Julius

  • 24/06/2416:00-19:30
  • 26/06/2416:00-19:30
  • 27/06/2416:00-19:30
  • 01/07/2416:00-19:30
  • 03/07/2416:00-19:30
  • 04/07/2416:00-19:30
Regulating Internet Giants
Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter and other internet giants have played leading roles in shaping the transnational digital order, enabled by light regulation and robust liability protection in the US. The platforms make their own rules and through lobbying have managed to escape national regulators and prevented international legal regulation through treaties. But these US companies are currently encountering important regulatory pushback, especially from the EU, and increasingly from China, which is fast developing as a home for world-leading internet and digital innovation companies (eg Alibaba, Huawei, Tencent). This course offers an overview of the Internet’s technological foundations, infrastructure, and governance, focusing on IGs’ role in each of these. We look at how law has helped corporations develop into giants and asks what law if any applies to them. We then focus on the potential for and scope of future global governance in this area. In this context, we explore different regulatory models. (1) We look at how historically different jurisdictions (US, EU, China) have made use of their law to either expand innovation or limit corporations’ powers, based on their different approaches to sovereignty but also privacy and freedom of speech. (2) We investigate how because of (national) protectionist approaches countries have failed to reach a consensus that international regulation is needed. (3) We show how in the absence of this, IGs have been compelled to self-regulate, a solution that is increasingly been put to the test as new revelations about the impact of new technologies on our lives and well-being become apparent. (4) We then explore to what extent international regulation is likely to happen in the future given the developments of the last two years, and in what areas. We specifically address what role the EU is likely to play as a regulatory leader in this regard (eg through the Brussels Effect). The course builds on international relations and international law and analyses how power dynamics between major world powers have played out in the digital sphere (eg US-China tensions, emerging regulatory role of the EU). The objective of the course is to equip students with basic knowledge, core concepts, and versatile tools necessary to think critically and creatively about the legal and extra-legal regulation of global internet giants going forward.

Prof. Veronika Fikfak
University of Copenhagen

  • 16/05/2416:00-19:30
  • 19/05/2416:00-19:30
  • 21/05/2416:00-19:30
  • 23/05/2416:00-19:30
  • 27/05/2416:00-19:30
  • 29/05/2416:00-19:30
Corporate Finance: An Introduction to the Basics
This course is intended to be a gentle introduction to the basic principles of corporate finance that are useful to lawyers to know. We will assume that you have taken a course in Corporations or Business Associations, but have had no math since taking algebra in high school, n years ago (n being a large number). We will use algebra – it’s unavoidable – but the focus will be on concepts and the pace will be intentionally moderate.

Prof. Jane Bambauer
University of Arizona USA

Prof. Derek Bambauer
University of Arizona USA

  • 26/05/2416:00-19:30
  • 28/05/2416:00-19:30
  • 30/05/2416:00-19:30
  • 02/06/2416:00-19:30
  • 04/06/2416:00-19:30
  • 06/06/2416:00-19:30
Securities Law and Theory

This course covers the law and regulation of investing and securities markets, such as the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. The chief objective of the course is to provide students with an introduction to the theory underlying securities regulation, as well as its practical implementation, especially in the United States. Topics to be covered include: Mandatory disclosure; securities fraud; insider trading; shareholder power; and investment crowdfunding.

Prof. Andrew A. Schwartz
University of Colorado

  • 15/05/2416:00-19:30
  • 16/05/2416:00-19:30
  • 19/05/2416:00-19:30
  • 21/05/2416:00-19:30
  • 23/05/2416:00-19:30
  • 26/05/2416:00-19:30