Past Events & Conferences
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September 19, 2016—A Discussion with Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked
September 16, 2016—Fintech Conference, Jerome Greene, Room 106, 8:45 am–12:30. This event was jointly sponsored by the Center for Israeli Legal Studies and the Zvi Meitar Institute for Legal Implications of Emerging Technologies.
Conference Video, Part I
Conference Video, Part II
The Annual Columbia Law School–Hebrew University Tax Conference—also generously sponsored this year by Sal Ranieri—took place on June 21 in Jerusalem.
The 10th Annual Columbia-Ono College Conference took place on June 23 and June 30 in Israel. June 23 conference schedule here and June 30 conference schedule here.
March 28, 2016, Gideon Grinstein "Repairing the World: How to Improve the Lives of 250,000,000 People within a Decade"
February 10, 2016, Ido Aharoni "The Rise of the 'Info-sumer' and the Future of Public Diplomacy"
June 21–22, 2015, "Legalities and Legacies The Past, Present, and Future of the Palestine Mandate in International Law," Hebrew University in Jerusalem
On 24 July 1922, the Council of the League of Nations confirmed the mandate for Palestine. On midnight, 14 May 1948, the mandate came to an end. Much that happened before, during and beyond these dates remains contested — and much remains uncharted. This is particularly patent when it comes to the international legal aspects of the Palestine mandate. Conflict historians have long been captivated by that period; historians of Israeli law have focused on the law of mandatory Palestine for some time now. Yet, since the 1940s, little to none of that attention has been turned to the role international law has played in the Palestine mandate, or the role of the Palestine mandate in affecting the course of international law. International law practitioners, scholars, and historians, it seems, are occasionally willing to reengage with some of the old debates surrounding the Palestine mandate, (such as the locus of sovereignty in mandate territories), as has the International Court of Justice in the Wall Advisory Opinion. Seldom do they engage in a broader reflection on the legal import of the Palestine mandate or on its legacies. The conference seeks to ponder on and rectify this glaring gap.
Call for Papers
Program for June 21–22, 2015
June 23, 2015, "Current Research in Tax Law and Policy," Hebrew University in Jerusalem
May 25, 2015, Corporate Law (with Ono Academic College in Kiryat Ono)
May 19, 2015, Contract Law (with Ono Academic College in Kiryat Ono)
Students Travel to Israel
Visit Koleinu-Columbia Law Israel Organization on Facebook
As the child of Israeli immigrants, I always felt a deep connection to Israel. Despite this, when I would visit Israel I often felt that, in many respects, I was nonetheless a foreigner. With the hopes of getting to know the country my parents emigrated from and improve my Hebrew literacy, I decided to spend some time living in Israel. Thus, after completing my undergraduate degree, I spent a year living in Israel and working at a hi-tech company. My connection to Israel grew immensely during my time there as I learned more about the social, legal, and security issues that Israel faces on a daily basis.
TM, Columbia Law School ’15
The Jewish State and the story of the Jewish people in our time holds out an amazing message and example for young people. If you were to read the online forums for young lawyers or listen in on the conversations of first-year law students at Columbia discussing the world of big Wall Street law firms, the unfortunate phrase you will hear again and again is “soul-sucking.” It is an awful word, reflecting the deep anxiety and aimlessness of our generation. And so leaving a dreary and cold New York City and landing in the warm sun of Tel Aviv is nothing short of a revelation: a vision of idealism and passionate dreamers, from high-tech entrepreneurs making the desert bloom to intrepid journalists searching for the truth, from government ministers battling anti-Semitism in the United Nations to young soldiers nodding off on public buses on their way back to the border, from West Bank settlers rebuilding communities in our historic homeland to left-wing activists rallying for peace in Kikar Rabin. Israel is a place full of miraculous vitality and an enduring reminder of the possibility of a life well lived.
JS, Columbia Law School ’15
"Israel, the United States, and the Shifting Energy Landscape," Tel Aviv
The last few years have witnessed remarkable changes in the energy landscape in Israel and the United States. To analyze these developments, Columbia University and the Institute for National Security Studies are hosting a conference in Tel Aviv on December 18, 2014. The conference will gather leading experts from industry, government, think tanks, and the academy. Along with INSS, the conference is sponsored by three centers at Columbia: the Center for Israeli Legal Studies, the Richman Center for Law Business and Public Policy, and the Center on Global Energy Policy. Conference Flyer Conference videos
The Eight Annual Joint Conference 2014
Koleinu – Columbia Law Students for Israel
Israel, the Arab Turmoil, and the Peace Process
with Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich, the current President of the Israel Institute, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States (1990s), and former Chief Negotiator with Syria (1993-1996)
DATE: Monday, March 31
LOCATION: JG 106
Non-pizza, Kosher lunch will be served.
We look forward to seeing you there!
-Koleinu Executive Board 2013-2014
This discussion is co-sponsor by The Center for Israeli Legal Studies.
Student Trip to Israel, 2014
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Faculty-Student Intellectual Life Series presents the Harold Leventhal Memorial Lecture
Monetary Policy Lessons from Eight Years as Governor of the Bank of Israel
Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Columbia Law School | Jerome Greene Hall | Room 104
Stanley Fischer, Economist, Former Governor of the Bank of Israel (2005-2013) & Former Chief Economist of the World Bank
Stanley Fischer began his service as Governor of the Bank of Israel in May 2005, and was reappointed for a second term in May 2010 before stepping down at the end of June 2013. Prior to joining the Bank of Israel, Professor Fischer was Vice Chairman of Citigroup from 2002 to 2005; from 1994-2001 he was the First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. Before he joined the IMF, Professor Fischer taught in the Department of Economics at MIT. He has also held visiting positions at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Co-sponsored with Program for Economic Research
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October 22: Criminal Proceedings Against Public Officials: How the Israeli Legal System Fights Political Corruption
October 17: A Talk by Justice Aharon Barak
The Seventh Annual Joint Conference 2013
March 28: Antitrust Challenges in a Concentrated Economy: The Case of Israel
February 11: The Jewish State on the Global Stage: A View from Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations
November 7: Recent Developments in Israel and the Middle East
September 24: On Proportionality
The Sixth Annual Joint Conference 2012
April 16: A Talk by Michael B. Oren
November 29: The New Middle East: Challenges to Israel and the World
The Fifth Annual Joint Conference 2011
The Fourth Annual Joint Conference 2010
From Ivy to Olives Academic Symposium 2009
From Ivy to Olives Academic Symposium 2008