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Hebrew University in Jerusalem Law Faculty invites applications for its one-year M.A. in Human Rights and Transitional Justice in English:


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) is the first and leading university in Israel (ranked 59 in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities). The Law Faculty, which has long been considered the most prestigious law school in the country and a world-reputed academic institution, is inviting applications for the first class of its International M.A. in Human Rights and Transitional Justice offered to graduates of B.A. programs in political science, international relations and other academic disciplines related to the fields of human rights and transitional justice.


The M.A. Program offers 20-25 academic courses with top legal experts from Israel, Europe and North America, including courses on international humanitarian law, counter-terrorism law, international courts and tribunals, transitional justice, the law of the United Nations, legal aspects of the Middle-East conflict, international criminal law, international human rights law etc.


The 2015-16 Faculty is comprised of top academics and practitioners, including past and present members of the UN Human Rights Committee, past and present legal advisors for governments and international organizations such as the UN and the ICRC.


The Program begins in October and runs through July. Those students, who have not taken an academic course in International Law will participate in an introductory class in International Law. This course that will begin a week before the start of the semester and continue during the first several weeks of the semester, will serve the important purpose of granting the students the necessary tools and background they will need in order to better understand the issues raised in Program.


The Program will include two main characteristics: The first, theoretical courses which provide a substantial interdisciplinary understanding in fields such as human rights and transitional justice. The second will include comparative and historic courses, in which the students will be exposed to relevant cases dealt with by different countries at different time periods. Special emphasis will be given to the Israeli-Arab conflict and its resolution.


The Program offers an excellent study program in a top notch university, located in an intellectually stimulating environment: the City of Jerusalem, with its long history of conflict and diversity, and the State of Israel – a Start-Up Nation confronting difficult international law and human rights challenges.


Academically and practically inclined students with strong backgrounds in human rights, conflict resolution and transitional justice are invited to apply to the Program. We hope to see you become part of our growing family of leading human rights and transitional justice experts around the world!


The Program will include the following courses:


Core courses (students must take at least 4 courses:

  • International Human Rights Law: Core Principles – Prof. Yuval Shany

  • Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights – Prof. David Kretzmer International Humanitarian Law: Contemporary Challenges, Contemporary Conflicts – Dr. Rotem Giladi

  • Human Dignity in Comparative Perspective – Dr. Doron Shultziner

  • Introduction to Transitional Justice – Dr. Ron Dudai

  • Immigration Law and Policy – Dr. Ruvi Ziegler


Workshops (at least 2):

  • International Law – Prof. Moshe Hirsch and Dr Shay Dothan

  • Public Law and Human Rights – Prof. Yoav Dotan and Prof. Barak Medina

  • Transitional Justice Colloquium: International and Comparative Perspectives – Prof. Ruti Teitel

  • Transitional Justice Colloquium: Perspectives on the Arab-Israeli Conflict – Prof. Ruti Teitel


Seminars (at least 2):

  • State, Religion and Multi-Culturalism – Prof. Michael Karayanni

  • Legal Aspects of the Middle-East Conflict – Prof. Robbie Sabel

  • Refugee Law and Policy – Dr. Rotem Giladi


Elective Courses:

  • A choice of more than 10 additional courses on human rights and/or transitional justice


Required Introductory Course:

  • International Public Law - Adv. Tal Mimran



M.A. Thesis




A select number of internships are available in the governmental and non-governmental sector in Israel.



TUITION: $16,000 USD
PROGRAM LENGTH: One year (two semesters)
Scholarships and stipends are available. More information can be found here.
To apply please fill out an online application here.



Contact person: Ms. Shanie Rabinowitz

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