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

November 30, 2016

An interdisciplinary international M.A./LL.M program in International Law and Conflict Resolution.

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 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 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.

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



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.


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.
  • Interdisciplinary Departmental Seminar – 1 credit
  • Workshops -2-3 credits.
  • Seminars – at least 8 credits.
  • Elective courses – 3-7 credits.

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.

Some of the courses in our program: 

*Between Cyber Wars and Internet Governance
*The United Nations and Conflict Resolution
*Theories, Research and Interventions in Conflict Resolution 
*International Human Rights Law
*Psychological, Political and Social Aspects of Conflict
*International Dispute Settlement
*Negotiation: Theory and Practice
*Environmental Conflict Resolution
*Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and Human Rights
*Civil Society and Conflict Transformation 
*Transitional Justice
*Dialogue, Narratives, Identities and Conflict Resolution
*The Role of Law in Resolving the Middle East Conflict
*Propaganda, Persuasion and Attitude Change in Political and Social Conflicts
*mmigration, Asylum and Refugee Law
*The Holocaust, Collective Memory and Visual Culture

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


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