International program

New at the Swiss Center in Collaboration with the Faculty of Law

The Hebrew University in Jerusalem (HU) is the first and leading university in Israel (ranked 59 in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities). The Faculty of Law together with The Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution at the Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for its one-year M.A./LL.M in International Law and Conflict Resolution in English:

The program is run in cooperation with the Rothberg International School.



General Information


The Program will provide its students academic and practical expertise in studying conflict transformation, resolution, problem-solving and negotiation. The expertise already acquired and disseminated by the Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution and by the Faculty of Law becomes even more indispensable in the context of recent political and historical developments, in the Middle East and elsewhere.

The international M.A./LL.M program, which is taught in English, will be open to graduates of programs in relevant fields, such as international relations, law, political science, communications, psychology, conflict settlement, sociology, history and Middle East studies, who have studied in Israel or abroad. The program is devoted to studying the sources and causes of domestic and external conflicts in general and in Israel in particular. It explores the methods, techniques and strategies that can help manage and resolve these conflicts from different disciplinary points of view, including international relations, law, political science, social psychology, communication and media studies and sociology.

Faculty in the program will include leading experts from Israel, as well as leading international experts. It will offer both academic and practical perspectives.

This advanced degree program will provide students with an excellent understanding of both theory and practice in international conflict resolution, international law and their interface, and will equip them with first rate knowledge and skills that will help them develop careers in governmental foreign services and in other governmental offices, in policy think tanks and research centers, in international organizations and NGOs dealing with conflict resolution and reconciliation, in academic institutes and universities, in the media and in other leadership positions.

Degree: M.A./LL.M., in International Law and Conflict Resolution.
Students will receive an M.A. in International Law and Conflict Resolution. Students who obtained an LL.B. will be able to receive an LL.M. in International Law and Conflict Resolution, provided that they pursue at least 20 credits from the International Law cluster and meet other requirements of the Faculty of Law.

Academic Directors: Prof. Ifat Maoz (Department of Communication and Head, Swiss Center M.A. and Graduate Program for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution) and Prof. Guy Harpaz (Law Faculty and Department of International Relations).


Tuition is $16,000. This includes extracurricular activities and health insurance. Accommodations in the dorms are an additional cost.

Scholarships and stipends are available to qualified students.

For further details Please contact the Program Coordinators and Advisors
Tamar Yakubovitz or Shanie Rabinowitz



Admission Requirements


Minimum B.A. average required – 85 (Israeli students) or the equivalent (non-Israeli students).

Applicants who did not previously study at an educational institution where the language of instruction was English must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. The minimum TOEFL score required is 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test or 89 on the internet –based test. The minimum IELTS score is 7.

The minimum Amir score required is 220 and the minimum Amiram or Psychometry score required is 120.

The online Application to the Program is done on The Rothberg International School web-site


Study Program

Students are to complete 32 credits in 2 semesters (one academic year).

The program requirements are as follows:

Overall - 32 credits

  • Background courses – 6 credits
  • Core mandatory courses – 6-11 credits
  • Interdisciplinary Departmental Seminar – 1 credit
  • Workshops -2-3 credits
  • Seminars – at least 8 credits
  • Elective courses – 3-7 credits




The academic program of the International Law and Conflict Resolution MA/LLM degree is constructed of mandatory courses and elective courses in several divisions, and divided to two clusters: Social Sciences Cluster and International Law Cluster

Students are to complete 32 credits in 2 semesters (one academic year): Overall - 32 credits

  1. Mandatory Courses
  • Background Courses - total of six credits, one course from each cluster
  • Core Courses - at least seven credits; two courses from each cluster
  • Interdisciplinary Departmental Seminar - one credit
  • Workshops: Skills and Methodologies for Conflict Transformation and Resolution (at least one credit; one workshop from the two clusters)
  • Seminars  - at least eight credits and two seminars; one from each cluster
    L.LM students will take two seminars from the international law cluster
  1. Elective Courses - at least 4 credits, one course from each cluster
  2. Conflicts in the Middle East/Israel - at least one course from the two clusters recommended


Swiss Center -Social Sciences Cluster

Course Number

Course Name

Lecturer Name



Psychology and Society in Conflict


Prof. Ifat Maoz




Theories and Research in Conflict Resolution


Dr. Yuval Benzimann




Between Cyber Wars and Internet Governance


Dr. Efrat Daskal




Advanced Approaches to Researching Public and Institutional Discourse and Media in Political Conflict


Dr. Christian Baden




Multinational Corporations in World Politics


Dr. Christian Thauer




Water Policy


Prof. Itay Fishhendler




Propaganda, Persuasion and Attitude Change in Political and Social Conflicts


Dr. Christian Baden




Interdisciplinary Departmental Seminar

Guest Lecturers




Effective Negotiation, Mediation and
Conflict Resolution  


Dr. Yuval Benzimann




Dialogue, Narratives, Identities and
Conflict Resolution


Dr. Yuval Benzimann




Spatial Justice and Cities

Dr. Emily Silverman




The Holocaust, Collective Memory and Visual Culture


Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann




Culture and Inequality


Dr. Joshua Guetzkow



Faculty of Law - International Law Cluster

Course Number

Course Name

Lecturer Name



Israel and International Law

Prof. Yuval Shany, Prof. Guy Harpaz, Prof. Malcolm Shaw




International Dispute Settlement






Introduction to Transitional Justice


Prof. Ruti Teitel




International Human Rights Law

Prof. Yuval Shany




The United Nations and Conflict Resolution

Dr. Daphna Shraga




International Humanitarian Law


Dr. Rotem Giladi




International Criminal Law

Dr. Gilad Noam




International Regulation of Trade and Investment


Prof.  Tomer Broude




Transitional Justice

Prof. Ruti Teitel




International Law and Conflict Resolution

Adv. Tal Mimran




Transitional Justice: Interdisciplinary


Prof. Ruti Teitel




International Courts

Prof. Yuval Shany




The Role of Law in Resolving the Middle East Conflict

Prof. Robbie Sabel




Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and Human Rights


Dr. Myriam Feinberg




Human Rights and the Law of Territory

Prof. Malcolm Shaw




Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Law

Prof. Ruvi Ziegler




International Energy Law

Adv. David Kornbluth




International Arbitration

Dr. Saar Pauker




Human Dignity in Comparative Perspective

Dr. Doron Shultziner




The Role of Jurisprudence of the European Court

Prof. Ron Soffer




The Role of NGOs in Promoting Human
Rights and Transitional Justice


Prof. Daphna Golan




International Dispute Resolution: International Law and Affairs





Comparative Perspective on Security and Human Rights






International Institutions and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Prof Luis Moreno Ocampo