LWMTPI-Israel/Palestine: International Law and Human Rights Issues

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Ruvi Ziegler

Email: r.ziegler@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The module is intended to serve as a comprehensive case-study which complements several other modules that are taught on the LL.M. programme, including Public International Law (LWMTPU), International Humanitarian Law (LWMTAC), and Human Rights (LWMHRL).
The first seminar provides general context regarding the partition of British Mandate Palestine, the creation of the State of Israel, and the divergent border arrangements. The second seminar is a special film screening of ‘The law in these parts’, a documentary about the Israeli-operated legal system in the West Bank. The third seminar considers legal challenges arising during the ‘Second (Al Aqsa) Palestinian Intifada’. The fourth seminar compares and contrasts the jurisprudence of the Israeli High Court of Justice and the International Court of Justice in relation to the legality of the West Bank barrier/Wall and of Israeli settlements. The fifth seminar considers Palestine’s applications for membership of international organisations. The sixth seminar considers the question of Palestine refugees.

The module examines the legal issues arising through abstract assessment of the law itself, but also through detailed assessment of real-world examples that highlight the law (including its possible shortcomings) in practice. It aims for students to gain a detailed substantive understanding of the relevant law, whilst understanding both its value and practical limitations.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

•Draw upon a body of detailed substantive knowledge gained through both class participation and self-study, and apply this to contemporary dilemmas arising in the refugee field in an assessed piece of written work.
•Exhibit a solid understanding of the institutional, procedural and substantive aspects of the applicable legal regimes in the occupied territories and in Israel.
•Critically evaluate their virtues and shortcomings.
•Demonstrate an ability to set the substantive law content of the module in a wider context, both legal and extra-legal.
•Express high-level oral communication skills (in view of the fact that the module is orientated towards small group teaching and independent study).

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
The module will cover topics such as:
1.Context, partition, and borders
2.A screening of ‘the law in these parts’ (to be analysed in the following seminar)
3.The ‘Second (Al-Aqsa) Palestinian Intifada’: legal challenges
4.The West Bank Barrier/Wall and Israeli settlements
5.The applications of the ‘State of Palestine‘ for membership of international organisations
6.The question of Palestine refugees

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching in this module is designed to provide students with a range of resources on which they can draw in their learning. The main elements are:
•A list of required and recommended readings, with notes and questions that will be used to guide class discussion and reflection.
•Six weekly seminar classes of two hours each.
•In each seminar, one or more student will prepare a 10 - 15 minute ‘case-study’ presentation. Formative feedback will be provided in writing following this presentation.
•Some seminars will include screening of short documentaries addressing the legal issues from diverging viewpoints.

Where there are School of Law seminars relevant to the area then students in the module will be encouraged to attend and will be given the opportunity to discuss the issues with visiting academics

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 12
Guided independent study 88
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
An assessed essay of no more than 8 pages formatted in accordance with the School of Law’s Assessed Work Rules.

Formative assessment methods:
One compulsory non-assessed presentation of 10-15 minutes during a seminar; students will receive formative written feedback.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
See School of Law PGT Programme handbook

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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