The program is currently scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 7th and run through Friday, August 9th. Classes will generally meet four days each week, from 9:00 am to 12:40 pm, with a brief recess in between.
Afternoons and weekends are largely free for individual study, recreation, and opportunities to explore Haifa and surrounding areas. Two guided field trips (see below) are a part of the academic program; additional (optional) tours will also be available.
A farewell dinner is scheduled during the final week of classes.
Examinations are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, August 7th and Thursday, August 8th.
University of Baltimore School of Law and Touro Law Center grading standards apply to all students except those from Haifa University. (Some law schools recognize credit for summer abroad programs on a pass/fail basis).
All students enrolled in the program can take up to six credits from the three courses offered. The courses have no prerequisites, and are taught by American and Israeli law professors. All classes will be presented in English.
An examination of how various aspects of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution — particularly freedom of expression, religious liberty, and the right of privacy — might be treated differently in other modern democracies. Specific emphasis will be placed on a comparison of hate-speech regulations in America and elsewhere, and the extent to which freedom of speech protects words that incite.
An exploration of Israeli political trials from a number of perspectives. The course covers the Dreyfus Affair, which developed into a defining political moment for modern France and was a seminal event in the development of Zionism; the Nuremberg trials after World War II; and the Kastner, Eichmann, and Amir trials in Israel. The assigned readings are interdisciplinary, drawing on history, philosophy, and literature as well as legal sources.
A critical survey of the requirements of due process in criminal investigations, prosecutions, and trials in the United States and Israel. The course will examine how different perspectives on the rights of criminal defendants and the roles of state actors can inform our understanding of how adversarial systems seek to achieve justice.
The program will begin with a full week in Jerusalem, including tours of the Supreme Court and Knesset. Accommodations will be at a hotel located near the Old City. In addition, there will be a one-day trip to sites in northern Israel. Optional tours to other locations will also be available.
For more information contact
Prof. Kenneth Lasson, Director, UB School of Law (410.837.4514)
Prof. Leif Rubinstein, Director, Touro Law Center (631.761.7091)
Laurie Schnitzer, UB Coordinator (Phone: 410.837.4689, Fax: 410.837.4560) or
Kate Anderson, Touro Coordinator (Phone: 631.761.7055, Fax: 631.761.7019)