Winter Session Israel Trip
Study Abroad - Israel 2016*
December 23, 2016 - Jan. 2, 2017
Learn about a dynamic area of law from the experts who are shaping it. Spend two weeks over winter break taking a two-credit course studying contemporary Israeli, American, and Jewish gender law at the Haim Striks School of Law. Stay on the beach in nearby Tel Aviv. All classes are taught in English.
All classes are held at the Haim Striks School of Law, Rishon LeZion, Israel. The course will focus on three contemporary examples of challenges to gender segregation—at worship spaces, on public buses, and in restrooms. Students will examine, compare, and explore the basic principles of gender, discrimination, equality, and justice across three different legal regimes. They will focus on the structure of these legal systems that support and sometimes conflict with principles of equality, nondiscrimination, and pluralism.
Over the past two decades, Israel’s civil courts have faced the question of how enforced sex-segregation at worship spaces can be reconciled with commitments to equality in civil law, as well as to Israel’s structure as a pluralistic Jewish state. U.S. state courts have wrestled with the question of how the authorization of sex-segregation in the context of restrooms can be squared with equality commitments to transgender youth and adults.
Students will examine the underlying legal doctrines and broad policies that are at the heart of these issues and legal cases. Focus will be on constitutional, statutory, and regulatory laws, as well as on the body of law and writings that support the principles of equality, nondiscrimination, and respect for pluralism behind the doctrine.
The course will also include:
- field trips to local legal institutions, including the Israeli Supreme Court and the Knesset, Israel’s lawmaking body
- interviews with or guest lectures by local judges and legislators
- Classes will be conducted in English.
- The course is worth two credits (acceptance of credit or grade is subject to determination by the student’s home school).
The course size is limited to 25 students. Though we gear the course primarily to law students, we welcome applications from law students as well as graduate and undergraduate students from other disciplines who can demonstrate a record of academic success and an interest in the subject matter.
Applications from schools other than Western New England University are welcomed.
Erin Buzuvis, Program Director Professor Buzuvis researches and writes about gender and discrimination in sport, including such topics as the interrelation of law and sports culture, intersecting sexual orientation and race discrimination in women's athletics, retaliation against coaches in collegiate women's sports, the role of interest surveys in Title IX compliance, participation policies for transgender and intersex athletes, and Title IX and competitive cheer. Additionally, she is a cofounder and contributor to the Title IX Blog, an interdisciplinary resource for news, legal developments, commentary, and scholarship about Title IX's application to athletics and education.
Professor Buzuvis currently serves as the Director of the Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies at Western New England University School of Law. She also teaches courses on administrative law, employment discrimination, Title IX, torts and property.
Prior to joining the faculty in 2006, she clerked for Judge Thomas Ambro of the Third Circuit and practiced law at Goodwin Procter in Boston. She also spent time as a Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law. She received her J.D. from Cornell Law School and her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.
Frances Raday is Professor of Law and head of Graduate Programs at Haim Striks School of Law in Rishon LeZion, Israel, where she also directs the Concord Center for Integration of International Law in Israel. She is also Professor Emerita of the Elias Lieberman Chair in Labour Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Professor Raday is a Mandate Holder of the UN Human Rights Council in the Working Group on Discrimination against Women; she was previously an Expert Member of the UN Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. She is Chair of Israel’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Advisory Council; she was the founding chair of the Israel Women's Network Legal Center.
Professor Raday has acted as legal counsel in precedent setting human rights cases in Israel’s Supreme Court, including employees' rights in transfer of enterprises, inventors' rights to patents, freedom of association and collective bargaining, Palestinian employees' class action for full National Insurance rights, women’s constitutional rights to equality in religious ritual at public sites (Women of the Wall) and sex discrimination in retirement age.
She has been a visiting professor at Oxford University, University of Copenhagen, University of Tulane, University of Southern California, University of East Africa, Dar-A Salaam; and held a research appointment at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. The author of numerous academic books and articles on human rights, labour law, and feminist legal theory, her many awards and honors include an honorary professorship from University College London and honorary doctorate from the University of Copenhagen. She holds an LL.D. from the Hebrew University and an LL.B. from the London School of Economics.
Zvi Triger is vice dean of Haim Striks School of Law in Rishon LeZion, Israel. His main research and teaching fields are contracts law, family law, the interrelations between sexuality, law and society, legal feminism, queer theory, and law and theater. Dr. Triger practiced law at Brian Cave Robinson Silverman LLP in New York. In addition to his extensive academic publications, Dr. Triger has recently published two books: a novel, In Case of Emergency, and, with Amalia Rosenblum, Speechless: How contemporary Israeli Culture is Reflected in Language. He received his LL.B. from Tel Aviv University and his LL.M. and J.S.D. from New York University.
Classes will be held in the seminar rooms and lecture halls of the Haim Striks Law School. These modern facilities provide ample seating, proper writing surfaces, sufficient lighting, and adequate soundproofing. All of Haim Striks’ classroom facilities support current technology, including wireless free Internet, projection capabilities, etc. Students will need to provide their own power adaptors.
Library and Internet resources will be available to students as if they were full-time students at Haim Striks. The law school has a comprehensive law library with extensive Israeli and international sources of law and commentary. Haim Striks is also affiliated with the College of Management Academic Studies, which has its own extensive library collection. Online legal and non-legal databases will also be available.
Tuition and Fees
Course materials and admission and transportation to sponsored field trips are covered by tuition and fees.
Students will be responsible for travel to and from Israel, housing, daily transportation to and from Haim Striks School of Law, and personal expenses, which will include food and public transportation.
$2,630 - per student for the two credit hours available for the program
$200 - fees and materials
$50 - opening dinner
$2,880 - total (airfare is not included)
Checks or money orders should be made payable to Western New England University School of Law.
Friday, December 23: Orientation and tour of the Haim Striks School of Law in Richon LeZion, followed by a welcome dinner in Tel Aviv.
Saturday, December 24: No class due to the Sabbath. Today is an opportunity for students to travel on their own, for example, to Bethlehem as last year's students did.
Sunday, December 25: Classes begin. Today's lecture is "Fundamentals of Jewish Law" by Professor Avishalom Westreich.
Monday, December 26: Attorney Judith Meisels will present an introduction to Israeli Law on matters relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Tuesday, December 27: Field trip to Jerusalem to tour the Israeli Supreme Court and Knesset (parliament).
Wednesday, December 28: Professor Frances Raday will present a case study on the Women of the Wall, a group protesting gender segregation at the Jewish holy site.
Thursday, December 29: Professor Raday will present about cases involving women's religious head coverings. In the evening we will meet with transgender rights activists in Tel Aviv.
Friday, December 30: Field trip to Jerusalem to visit the Western Wall and to meet with members of Women of the Wall. We will also tour the Davidson archaeological site and meet with members of the Israel Religious Action Center, an NGO fighting for religious pluralism and challenging gender segregation.
Saturday, December 31: No class due to Sabbath. Students in the past have used this day as an opportunity to visit Masada and the Dead Sea.
Sunday, January 1: Professor Erin Buzuvis will present about cases challenging the U.S. legal system that involve tension between religious freedom and equality on the basis of gender and sexual orientation.
Monday, January 2: Students will have an opportunity to prepare for and work on the their final (take home) exam.
The class will meet daily Sunday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m.
- Students will receive a letter grade based on their performance on the exam as well as on reflection papers that they submit throughout the duration of the course.
- Class attendance is mandatory.
- Students will be expected to meet with the professor on a regular basis for support and evaluation of the progress.
Housing and Transportation
Arrangements with the Hayarkon 48 Hostel in Tel Aviv have been made for budget accommodations for students, as well as daily transportation from the hostel to the Haim Striks School of Law. Students may also make their own housing arrangements if they wish. Students must notify the Program Director of their interest in housing prior to October 15, 2016. After that date, they will have to make their own arrangements for housing and transportation.
The cost of the program is independent of student housing costs and daily expenses. Estimated housing costs for students who stay at Hayarkon 48 is $50/day. Estimated food costs are also $50/day.
- Nondiscrimination: Western New England University is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, genetics, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquires regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Executive Director of Human Resources, Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01119-2684. Inquires concerning the application of nondiscrimination policies may also be referred to the Regional Director, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, J.W. McCormack P.O.C.H., Room 222, Boston MA 02109-4557.
- Disabilities: Facilities at the Haim Striks School of Law and throughout Israel are accessible to many individuals with disabilities. Please notify the Program Director for any specific accommodations necessary for the student’s full enjoyment of the program and facilities.
- Refunds: Students who wish to withdraw from the program must notify the Program Director in writing as early as possible. Refunds will paid within 20 days of withdrawal. Students who withdraw before the first day of the program, for any reason other than for changes made in the course offerings or for reasons relating to safety as determined by the U.S. State Department, may receive a 50 percent credit of charged tuition for a future wintersession program. Thereafter, refund for tuition is prorated on a daily basis after deduction of the 50 percent credit charged for tuition. After 50 percent of the program is completed, there is no tuition refund. Students who withdraw prior to the commencement of the program either because of significant changes in the course offering or based on a change in the U.S. State Department Travel Warning status will receive a full refund of all monies advanced to Western New England University within twenty (20) days after their withdrawal. If a student is permitted to withdraw for reasons relating to a warning issued by the Department of State during the course of the program, or if the program is terminated, that student will be refunded fees paid to Western New England University.
- Cancellation or other changes: The program could be canceled for insufficient enrollment or if, at the discretion of Western New England University School of Law, the program ought to be canceled for security-related concerns. If significant changes in the course offerings or other aspects of the program occur, those changes will be communicated promptly to any registrant who has paid a deposit or registered for the program and students will be permitted to withdraw. A full refund of all fees and tuition will paid within 20 days of withdrawal. In the event of cancellation, Western New England University School of Law will communicate directly with admitted students by phone or email as soon as possible following the cancellation determination. A full refund of all fees and tuition will paid within 20 days of cancellation. In addition, the program director will use best efforts to make arrangements for each enrolled student to attend a similar program, if available.
The School of Law provides maximum flexibility for students who desire to study abroad. We accept as transfer credit any course credits earned in an ABA-approved foreign study program. Before signing up for a study abroad program, however, students must meet with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to obtain permission to visit at the other school for the summer.
- For detailed information about ABA Study Abroad opportunities, please visit the ABA study abroad site.
- There are many brochures that can be viewed in the Career Services Office as well.