Jerusalem | Dec. 28, 2015 to January 7, 2016
2 credit ABA-approved January Term study abroad
Students may earn a 3rd credit by submitting an additional paper on a course related topic, pre-approved by the program director.
This program is offered in cooperation with the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Israel is a religiously, politically and culturally diverse society searching for both traditional and new methods for resolving disputes that arise among individuals and communities. Studying law and conflict resolution in Jerusalem provides students with a unique opportunity to gain a fresh perspective on the interaction of law and religion while challenging their assumptions.
The course offers students the opportunity to explore some of the traditions of the Abrahamic Religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and consider how these traditions have shaped dispute resolution values. Students will learn about the Jewish Beth Din, Palestinian tradition of sulha, and Christian and Muslin Courts and how they operate within Israel today. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with individuals from the different faith traditions and learn how they are involved in the peacemaking process in Jerusalem.
The program is open to degree-candidate law students who have completed their first year of study at an ABA-accredited law school, lawyers seeking continuing legal education credits, graduate students, divinity students, and members of the clergy and other professionals.2016 Jerusalem Application (PDF)
Dispute Resolution Institute Director and Mitchell Hamline Professor Sharon Press is the on-site faculty director for the Jerusalem program. There is additional onsite administrative support from the Rothberg Center of Hebrew University throughout the program.
Hana Bendcowsky, program director, Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations. Bendcowsky teaches the session on Christian Traditions and accompanies the group to the Old City.
Interreligious Conflict Resolution
Marc Gopin, James H. Laue Professor of Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, and the director of the Center on Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
Islamic Traditions for Conflict Resolution
Qadi Ahmad Natour, former president, High Sharia’a Court of Appeal, Israel; professor, Tel Aviv University; professor, American University, Washington, D.C.
Daniel Sinclair, Wolff Fellow in Jewish law and visiting professor of law, Fordham University Law School; professor of Jewish Law and Comparative Biomedical Law, CMAS Law School, Rishon Lezion; adjunct professor of Comparative Biomedical Law, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Conflict Resolution Practice
Michael Tsur is a lawyer, and an expert in negotiation, conflict resolution, crisis management and mediation.
In 2015, 18 students enrolled in the program, including students from seven U.S. law schools, a rabbi, and a paralegal. In the past, practicing lawyers, writers, and journalists have also joined the group. For 2016, we anticipate a similar mix of participants.
Student perspectives on past Jerusalem programs
“This course exceeded my expectations. I learned more than I anticipated and grew spiritually, personally, and culturally. I look forward to using what I have learned.”
“The course exceeded my expectations by providing a very exciting and thought-provoking mix of academic approaches to both practical and philosophical aspects of conflict resolution in religious and inter-religious contexts, as well as opportunities to interact with people who are involved in concrete efforts of peace building, mediation and negotiation.”
“The program was extremely interesting, challenging and full of brilliant lectures. I loved the depth of knowledge that these individuals had.”
“I really enjoyed the organization and overall topics covered in the class. I also felt that there was a great balance between student involvement and lecturing. The depth and breadth of the class appropriately presented issues objectively and fairly while encouraging deep analysis of religious conflict.”