Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have cancelled the 2021 Israel Study Abroad program. We will reinstate the program in January 2022.
Israel | December 29, 2019 – January 8, 2020
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. Studying law and conflict resolution in Israel, under the guidance of a diverse group of international faculty, provides students a unique opportunity to gain a fresh perspective on the intersection of law and religion while thinking about dispute resolution methods in ways they did not anticipate.
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 Muslim 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.
The program begins with a week in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus. The second part of the class includes planned visits to Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, and Tzfat. These visits will include meetings with Peacemakers from each of the faith traditions, a negotiation class with a public law school in Tzfat, and in-the-field opportunities to experience this religiously, politically and culturally diverse society which utilizes traditional and innovative methods for resolving disputes.
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.2020 Israel Application (PDF)
Sharon Press, Dispute Resolution Institute Director and Mitchell Hamline School of Law Professor
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.
Islamic Traditions for Conflict Resolution
Qadi Ahmad Natour, former president, High Sharia’a Court of Appeal, Israel; associate professor of the practice, Hebrew University
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 , senior fellow with the Dispute Resolution Institute, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, is a lawyer, and an expert in negotiation, conflict resolution, crisis management and mediation.
Coordinator of Field Visits
Ophir Yarden, Director of Education of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel and a senior lecturer in Jewish and Israel studies at Brigham Young University’s Jerusalem Center
In 2019, 22 students enrolled in the program. In the past, lawyers, teachers, journalists, and other professionals have joined the program. For 2020, we anticipate similar enrollment.
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.”
Contact: Kitty.Atkins@mitchellhamline.edu | 651-695-7677