The Berkeley Institute houses two core programs, the Berkeley Program on Israel Studies, a nationally-recognized initiative for the study of Israel, and the Berkeley Program on Jewish Law, Thought and Identity, the only program of its type in the western United States.
Together the Institute’s programs promote student and faculty engagement by developing opportunities for research, programming, and mentorship; by bringing visiting faculty and scholars to UC Berkeley; and by organizing colloquia, programs, and classes to strengthen academic inquiry and discourse across the Berkeley campus.
The Institute was launched in 2011, and draws its 22-member faculty committee from Political Science, Sociology, Economics, History, Jewish Studies, Music, as well as the Schools of Law, Journalism, and Business.
NEWS: Berkeley Law Highlights “Reflections on the Legacy of Nuremberg” Conference
By Andrew Cohen
In the wake of the Holocaust, prosecutors at the 1945 Nuremberg Trials faced a daunting task—trying to seek justice for an unfathomable scale of criminal behavior. Commemorating Nuremberg’s 70th anniversary, a recent Berkeley Law conference shed light on its legacy and influence on subsequent human rights tribunals.
The school’s Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies and the UC Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies organized the event, which drew more than 200 scholars, students, and other guests.
Spring Semester Courses by Visiting Israeli Professors
Sociology of Israeli Society (Sociology 179)
Shira Offer, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bar-Ilan University
Transboundary Water Conflict Resolution: The Israeli-Arab Case (College of Natural Resources, DevP 246, open for both graduate and advanced undergraduate students)
Itay Fischhendler, Associate Professor of Geography, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Ottoman Jerusalem and Palestine (History 100M)
Yuval Ben-Bassat, Senior Lecturer of History of the Middle East, University of Haifa, Israel Institute Visiting Fellow
Comparative Constitutional Law: The Case of Israel (Legal Studies 174)
Avishai Benish, Lecturer, The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Israeli Constitutional Cases Research Group (Law 298)
Ori Aronson, Assistant Professor, Bar-Ilan Faculty of Law
Holocaust History, Memory, and Representation (Jewish Studies 39K)
Rebecca Golbert, Executive Director, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies
Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Case of Israel (Undergraduate Business 98/198 DeCal)
Co-Facilitators: Nir Maoz and Jackson Block, Undergraduate Fellows, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies. Faculty Sponsor: Steve Tadelis, Associate Professor, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Undergraduate Fellowship: Call for Applications
The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies invites UC Berkeley undergraduate students to apply for the Berkeley Institute Undergraduate Fellowship. The fellowship is offered for one year with a possibility of extension. Learn more
Spring 2015 Semester
Fall 2014 Semester