English Courses

First Semester

a2Introduction to Law

Dr. Omer Kimhi, University of Haifa

25/09/19 || 02/10/19 || 06/10/19 || 23/10/19 || 03/11/19 || 04/11/19 || 07/11/19

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

02/10/19 || 03/10/19 || 07/10/19 || 22/10/19 || 24/10/19 || 27/10/19 || 29/10/19 || 05/11/19 || 06/11/19

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

23/10/19 || 25/10/19 || 27/10/19 || 28/10/19 || 30/10/19 || 31/10/19

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. Hadar Jabotinsky, Prof. Jaroslaw Beldowski, Dr. Hila Nevo

17/11/19 || 19/11/19 || 21/11/19 || 24/11/19 || 26/11/19 || 28/11/19 || 01/12/19 || 03/12/19 || 04/12/19 || 05/12/19 || 06/12/19 || 08/12/19

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

18/11/19 || 20/11/19 || 25/11/19 || 27/11/19 || 02/12/19 || 09/12/19

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.

SchneiderCompetition Law in the Digital Economy – An EU Perspective

Prof. Andreas Heinemann, University of Zurich Switzerland

08/12 || 10/12 || 13/12

The digital economy has intensified competition tremendously by lowering transaction costs, increasing transparency and extending markets geographically. At the same time, competition is in danger: Unprecedented economies of scale, network effects and control over big data create considerable barriers to entry and increase market power. Moreover, algorithms and artificial intelligence allow for new methods of coordinating market conduct with other players. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that new competition law cases have emerged including but not limited to the GAFAM Internet and ICT giants (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft). The goal of the course is to study this new body of case law and to reveal the economic background, e.g. the concept of two-sided markets and multi-sided platforms. While the focus is on EU competition law, developments in US antitrust will be taken into account appropriately. It will be shown that competition law – when adequately applied – does not stand in the way of innovation but has become indispensable for keeping markets open and preventing abuse.

a2Extraterritorial Application of Regulatory Laws

Diane P. Wood, Chief Judge, U.S. Court

09/12/19 || 11/12/19 || 12/12/19 || 16/12/19 || 18/12/19 || 19/12/19

For centuries, the world has been divided into nation-states, and those states are the source of almost all of the laws under which people live. Public international law is also important, but it largely consists of agreements between or among states, or (in the case of customary international law) widespread consensus among states that a binding rule or norm exists. One foundational set of rules concern what is often called prescriptive jurisdiction: which state or states have the right, under international law, to prescribe a rule for a particular matter? If those rules point to only one state, there is little more to say. But more and more, as all aspects of modern life become globalized, those rules may point to several states. This course will begin with an examination of the international rules governing prescriptive jurisdiction and how those rules have evolved over the years. It will then turn to areas in which it has proven to be either difficult or undesirable, or both, to restrict the reach of one state’s law exclusively to its own territory. Put the other way, it will examine instances in which one state seeks to regulate persons, companies, or activities that take place in another state. It will consider the legitimacy of those claims of “extraterritorial” regulatory authority; the degree to which efforts to regulate conduct outside the territory of a state have succeeded; the tensions that have arisen when other states object to the actions of the regulating state; and the mechanisms that have been used to address those tensions. It will also consider the interaction between substantive harmonization of laws and the acceptance of extraterritorial measures.

Second Semester

a2European Labour Law

Prof. Reinhard Singer, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Germany

12/03/20 || 15/03/20 || 17/03/20 || 19/03/20 || 22/03/20 || 24/03/20

The course covers the legal foundations of European Labour Law and its effects on national law. The lecture focusses on employment regulation laid down in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), in particular the freedom of movement of workers and the protection against discrimination. The lecture will also illustrate relevant areas of law that have been harmonised by EU-directives, such as the fields of fixed-time contracts, maternity protection, working time and paid leave. The European Works Councils Directive as well as the Directive on Business Transfers will be discussed in the course. Participants will be introduced to a number of landmark decisions of the European Court of Justice.

a2European Commercial and Corporate Law

Prof. Gerald Spindler, University of Goettingen

20.04.20 || 23.04.20 || 26.04.20 || 27.04.20 || 30.04.20 || 03.05.20

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 digitalization, 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

03/05/2020 || 04/05/2020 || 10/05/2020 || 11/05/2020 || 13/05/2020 || 14/05/2020

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 .

a2International Intellectual Property

Prof. Ruth Okediji,Harvard Law School

4/05/20 || 6/05/20 || 7/05/20

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.

DavidComparative European Youth Justice

Prof. David Nelken , King's College, London

9/06/20 || 11/06/20 || 14/06/20 || 16/06/20

approach to describing, explaining and learning from differences in procedures and outcomes in youth justice system in Europe and elsewhere. How far does youth justice contrast with adult justice? Should it? We shall concentrate in particular on recent developments in relation to larger debate about punitiveness and leniency in comparative penal systems using England and Wales as compared to Italy as our main case studies. Against a background of 'the punitive turn' how come that the number of first time entrants in the English system fell to a fifth of what it was in only ten years? Do children get away with murder in Italy? What has happened to reconviction rates? What, if anything, has any of this to do with changes in levels and types of crime?