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Syllabus Israel-European Union Relations - 54684
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HU Credits: 2

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: European Studies

Semester: 2nd Semester

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: guy harpaz

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: by appointment

Teaching Staff:
Prof Guy Harpaz

Course/Module description:
The course will analyse the economic-trade-political-legal aspects of the relationship between the EU and the State of Israel with special emphasis on the 1995 Association Agreement and some contemporary developments

Course/Module aims:
To provide the students with profound, inter disciplinary understanding of the relationship between the EU and Israel. To enable them to critically examine various aspects of this relationship.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
The students would understand the historical background and contemporary developments of the relationship. They will acquire a critical perspective of the various topics to be taught

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: Regular teaching with discussions

Course/Module Content:
1. introduction to the course
2. introduction to EU legal system
3. Historical background
4. Regional aspects
5. Bilateral aspects - the 1995 AA
6. Upgrading the relationship - various options
7. Approximation of laws

8. Normative POwer Europe

9 Legal aspects of the EU position towards the conflict

10. Political aspects of the EU position towards the conflict

11. EU position towards the conflict over Jerusalem

12. EU involvement in Israel's civil society

13. Interdisciplinary analysis of the complexities of the relationship

Required Reading:

אריה רייך, "האיחוד האירופאי", פרק 8 לספרו של רובי סיבל המשפט הבינלאומי – מהדורה שנייה, 159

Sharon Pardo, ‘The Year that Israel Considered Joining the European Economic Community’ 51/5 Journal of Common Market Studies (2013), 901

יוחנן מרוז, אירופה במערכת יחסי החוץ של המדינה, משרד החוץ, 50 השנים הראשונות (חלק ראשון), 2002, עמ' 329

אבי פרימור, ישראל והאיחוד האירופאי, משרד החוץ, 50 השנים הראשונות (חלק ראשון), 2002, עמ' 340.

Tovias and Del Sarto, ‘Caught Between Europe and the Orient: Israel and the ENP’, 36/4 The International Spectator (2001), 91.

העמודים הרלבנטים מ: א' רייך, "מדיפלומטיה למשפט: תהליך היורודיזציה של יחסי הסחר הבינלאומיים במסגרת הסכמי גאט"ט והסכמי הסחר החופשי", עיוני משפט 22 (2) (תשנ"ט), 1999


G. Harpaz (2006), The European Neighbourhood Policy and its Impact on the State of Israel’, 4 Law and Business 431 (in Hebrew);

Arie Reich, ‘The European Neighbourhood Policy and Israel: Achievements and Disappointments’, Forthcoming in Journal of World Trade (2015)


Magen, Amichai (2012), 'Israel and the Many Pathways of Diffusion', West European Politics, 35(1) 98-116


G. Harpaz and A. Shamis (2010), 'Normative Europe and the State of Israel: An Illegitimate Eurotopia?', 48/3 Journal of Common Market Studies, 579-616;

G. Harpaz and Eyal Rubinson, 'The Interface between Trade, Law and Politics and the Erosion of Normative Power Europe: Comment on Brita', European Law Review (2010).


Sharon Pardo and Joel Peters, Uneasy Neighborhood: Israel and the European Union, Lnham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010, Ch. 1.


G. Harpaz (2012) 'The Dispute over the Sovereignty of Jerusalem: EU Policies and the Search for Internal Legal Coherence and Consistency with International Law', 17/3 European Foreign Affairs Review (2012)


G. Harpaz, ‘The EU Funding of Israeli Non-Governmental Human Rights Organisations: When EU External Governance Meets a Domestic Counter-Strategy’

שיעור 13

Dror, Yehezkel and Sharon Pardo, ‘Approaches and Principles for an Israeli
Strategy towards the European Union',11/1 European Foreign Affairs Review (2006), 17-44.

Hedva Ben-Israel, "Summing Up", Bianca Kühnel (ed.), Troubled Waters: Europe and its Relations with the United States and Israel (2003),

עמוס עוז, על מדרונות הר הגעש

Additional Reading Material:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 90 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 10 %
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.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.