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Syllabus Law in Times of Crises: The Jurist Jacob Robinson (1889-1977) - 39826
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Last update 05-08-2021
HU Credits: 2

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: History

Semester: 1st Semester

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Dr. Iris Nachum

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Teaching Staff:
Dr. Iris Nachum

Course/Module description:
The seminar examines the life, work and times of the Jewish jurist Jacob Robinson who was born in Lithuania in 1889 and died in New York in 1977. In doing so, special attention is given to his engagement for the protection of minority rights. The seminar’s approach is multidisciplinary, combining elements from history, law, and political science.

Course/Module aims:
The seminar aims to study Jacob Robinson’s involvement in key international institutions and issues, for instance: the European Congress of Nationalities, Institute of Jewish Affairs, United Nations, Nuremberg and Eichmann trials, Refugee Convention, compensation agreement between West Germany and Israel, and Yad Vashem.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- describe the life and work of Jacob Robinson,
- discuss his contribution to the protection of minority rights,
- explain and examine his engagement in key international institutions,
- explain and examine his involvement in legal issues and events, e.g. the Nuremberg and Eichmann trials,
- integrate into the discussion elements from history, political science, and law,
- analyze primary and secondary sources pertaining to Robinson.

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Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: lecture and in-class discussion.

Course/Module Content:
For the content and program of the course, see the course’s Moodle site.

Required Reading:
For the required reading material, see the course’s Moodle site.

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Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 100 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
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