English Courses

First Semester

GBIntroduction to Law

Prof. Gad Barzilai, University of Haifa

12/10/20 || 14/10/20 || 19/10/20 || 21/10/20 || 26/10/20 || 04/11/20 14:00–18:00

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 and 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

01/10/20 || 11/10/20 || 13/10/20 || 18/10/20 || 20/10/20 || 25/10/20 || 27/10/20 || 01/11/20 || 03/11/20 10:00 – 14:00

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


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

Prof. Jaroslaw Beldowski, Dr. Hila Nevo

17/11 || 18/11 || 19/11 ||  22/11 || 23/11   12:00-16:00    20/11 || 25/11 09:00 – 13:00 
24/11 || 29/11 || 01/12 || 06/12   10:00 – 14:00     08/12    10:00 – 12:00

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.

a2Economic Analysis of Public Law

Prof. Eli Salzberger, University of Haifa

18/11 || 23/11 || 25/11 || 30/11 || 02/12 || 07/12 || 09/12 || 14/12  16:00-19:00

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 very 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 neoclassic microeconomics, welfare economics, behavioral economics, focusing 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.

SchneiderCriminal Justice as Regulation

Prof. Malcolm Feeley, Berkeley Law

15/12/20 || 17/12/20 || 20/12/20 || 22/12/20 || 24/12/20 || 27/12/20 16:00-19:30

Classical concepts of criminal law focus on intent, responsibility, harm, redress, and proportionality. However, increasingly both criminal law theory and criminal law practice have come to focus on risk assessment. Increasingly, criminal courts operate like regulatory agencies, employing harm reduction techniques, concerned with increasing compliance in the aggregate and rather than justice in individual cases, and trying to manage rather than identify guilt. To the extent these changes have occurred, it might be more helpful to understand the criminal process as a form of regulation and courts as regulatory agencies rather than forums for adjudication. In this the criminal process may be following a broad trend in modern societies, the shift from law to regulation, and adjudication to administration. This course examines some of these recent developments, places them in historical context, and assesses their likely futures.

SchneiderInternational Lawyering and Contract Drafting

Prof. Richard Schepard, Paris Law

16/11/20 || 19/11/20 || 23/11/20 || 25/11/20 || 30/11/20 || 2/12/20 16:00-19:30

This Course has several interwoven objectives: How to think and react like an international business lawyer in the best interests of your clients; How to approach the initial stages of a business transaction; How to draft international business contracts and techniques related thereto; what to expect and how to act as a trainee in a law firm or the legal department of a company.

SchneiderComparative Constitutional Law: A tale of two constitutionalisms

Prof. Wanda Mastor, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole

3/12 || 6/12 || 7/12 || 9/12 || 10/12 || 14/12  16:00-19:30

The importance of comparative law has increased enormously in the present age of internationalism, economic globalization and democratization. Comparative Law is the theoretical study of legal systems by comparison with each other, and has a tradition going back over a century. In recent years it has gained in practical importance for two reasons. The first is the increased globalization of world trade, involving the need to "do business" in unfamiliar legal systems. The second is the move towards harmonization of laws, and more recently towards codification within the European Union, where several legal traditions coexist. A course of comparative law would be very convenient because it transcends the classic distinctions -which is not relevant- between the public law and the private law. The comparative law is a method which mobilizes a multidisciplinary culture. To approach the law of a country, we have to know the legal system but also the culture, the history, the economy, into which it fits : The world's legal systems are a product of history, largely by conquest and colonization, but also in modern times by reasoned and deliberate adoption by one state of at least part of the legal framework of another.

Second Semester

a2European commercial and corporate law

Prof. Gerald Spindler, University of Goettingen

05/04/21 || 07/04/21 || 09/04/21 || 11/04/21 || 12/04/21 || 13/04/19 14:00-17:30

The course deals with fundamental EU regulations on commercial and corporate law, in particular stock corporation law. The new directive on shareholder rights will be discussed, also recent developments at the borderline of corporate law and digitalisation, in particular the use of artificial intelligence and the consequences. Also crucial decisions of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) will be dealt with, establishing an equal level playing ground for jurisdictions and the impact on the corporate and commercial law (race to the bottom?). Some aspects of creditor protection such as piercing the corporate veil and insolvency law will also be referred to. Finally, sidekicks to EU capital market law will be integrated, ranging from crowdfunding platforms to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) using tokens.

a2Emerging Issues in the European Human Rights Law

Anna Yudkivska , European Court of Human Rights

18/04/21 || 20/04/21 || 22/04/21 || 25/04/21 || 27/04/21 || 29/04/21 16:00-19:30

The course will introduce students to one of the world’s most comprehensive and successful human rights systems: the European Convention on Human Rights. Students will discover how this treaty operates; they will learn institutional structure of the European Court of Human Rights and admissibility criteria for complaints. They will be invited to critically scrutinize the developments in the Court’s case-law. The course will provide an understanding of key doctrinal concepts adopted by the European Court of Human Rights, whilst focusing on evolutive interpretation of the Convention. Students will examine how the Court deals with human rights challenges of today: terrorism, evolving privacy issues, risks posed by new technologies, inter-state cases related to armed conflicts

a2The Law of the Political Process

Prof. Martin Morlok, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

28/04/21 || 30/04/21 || 03/05/21 || 05/05/21 || 07/05/21 || 10/05/21 16:00-19:30

The political process needs legal regulation to civilize the struggle for power and to secure its democratic character. One essential aim is to guarantee equal opportunities to all participants. Therefore, the law of the political process should be conceived of as competition law. The course comprises the basic features of election law, parliamentary law, and of the law of the political parties. A general focus is on the political financing. These areas of law face the problem that there are no strong motives in this field to obey the law, quite on the contrary. This makes necessary measures of control. The legal regulation of the political process must not be too tight in order to give way to substantial political alternatives and to the special logic of politics.

a2Law and Technology

Prof. Bart Custers, Dr. Mark Leiser, Dr. Eduard Fosch-Villaronga, Leiden University

02/05/21 || 04/05/21 || 06/05/21 || 09/05/21 || 11/05/21 || 13/05/21 16:00-19:30

Due to the novelty of practices and impacts, the development of technology may bring about unclear rules and areas of legal ambiguity. In other words, there might not be an immediate applicable legal rule or precedent to a particular use or development of technology. The exponential growth of supercomputing power, the ability to store and process large data and improve the performance of the Internet do not seem to facilitate either way the reaction capacity of society to face the problems technology may cause. These factors altogether hinder the identification and addressing of the ethical, legal and societal issues (ELSI) associated with the use and development of technology by governments and public regulatory bodies, who struggle to catch up with technology (r)evolution. This course on Law and Technology provides an overview of complex legal and regulatory issues related to the development and convergence of digital technologies. Students will acquire in-depth knowledge about legislation and governance regarding the internet, computers, mobile devices, persuasive technologies, robots, and artificial intelligence. The teaching takes place in small, seminar-style classes, which require students’ active participation. The course will be taught by lecturers who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are experts in their field

a2Global Technology Law and Policy

Prof. Michael Geist, Prof. Tal Zrasky , University of Ottawa

22/04/2020 || 26-29/04/2020 || 4-6/05/2020 || 9-10/05/2020

Global Technology Law and Policy is an intensive three-week course that examines the development of global technology and intellectual property policy. The ciurse is a joint initiative of the University of Ottawa and the University of Haifa with ten students from each university participating. The first week of the seminar will be held in Ottawa with five classes focused on global technology law institutions including the World Intellectual Property Organization, ICANN, the ITU, the European Union, the OECD and other private and public global forces and entities. Classes will also feature several guest lectures and academic site visits. Students will transfer after the first week to the University of Haifa, where classes will continue during weeks two and three on the global institutions and the development on policies on intellectual property, Internet governance, cybersecurity and privacy. Students will form project groups to focus on a single specific policy issue and present their findings to the class in the final week of classes. In addition, they will submit a final paper related to the course's materials, in accordance to the predefined scope of seminar papers at the University of Haifa – Faculty of Law.

Schneiderthe European Convention of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights

Ron Soffer, Paris Law

20/05/21 || 23/05/21 || 25/05/21 || 27/05/21 || 30/05/21 || 01/06/21  16:00-19:30

The course will focus on how the Court has over the years reconciled between the civil law and common law notions of due process, sometimes causing fundamental changes in civil law procedure. The course will, at first, go through certain fundamentals of civil law due process and subsequently analyze the courts case law which often has to reconcile between different legal systems and different notions of fairness. It is an interesting balancing act, keeping in mind that the Court's objective is not to force member States to abandon the fundamentals of their criminal procedure.