WHAT WE DOIsrael and International Law Program: Mishpatim

Mishpatim Canada is a program to introduce Canadian law students to Israel and its legal system. It was launched in the Spring of 2011 under the leadership of Dr. Bryan Schwartz, Asper Professor of International Law at the University of Manitoba. It received stellar reviews from the two dozen University of Manitoba law students who participated, eliciting comments regarding its “life changing” nature. Many would later refer to it as the most memorable part of their law program.

In 2012, the program was again delivered, once again to highly positive feedback. The first steps were taken to expand the scope of the program, by including some students from the Asper School of Business and the University of Saskatchewan law school. The long term goal is to preserve its character as a signature program of the Manitoba law school, but also expand the impact and reach by making places available to law and MBA students throughout Canada.

The theme of the course this past year was “Traditional Peoples and Newcomers in the Start-Up Nation.” Students learn about the legal, political and social framework in which, against seeming impossible odds, Israel has become a world leader in the science, engineering and business of high technology. They visit start-ups, universities at the forefront of innovation, and hear from experts on topics such as venture capital and intellectual property rights. Within this context, they also explore the legal and social challenges of integrating into this society with communities such as ultra-orthodox Jews, Israeli Arabs, Druze, migrant workers, and African refugees.

The panoramic and searching exploration of Israeli law and society gives students the opportunity to reflect on how Canada copes with comparable challenges, such as becoming a word leader in innovation, and integrating its own traditional peoples and newcomers into a 21st century economy. Students also come away with a muhc enhanced appreciation of the complexity and vitatlity of Israel. With this comes the potential to better understand the headlines and developments seen in the news, or appreciate the nuances in the content of the debate over Israeli policies that continue to infuse life on university campuses and in society generally.

Decision Making in Times of Crisis – 2022 Syllabus

Decision Making in Times of Crisis – 2021 Syllabus

Decision Making in Times of Crisis – 2020 Syllabus

Info Session Handout 2019-2020

Mishpatim Poster 2019-2020

Registration Guide 2019-2020

Terms of Reference 2019-2020

Orientation Powerpoint

Mishpatim 2019 Syllabus

Mishpatim 2018 Syllabus

Mishpatim 2016 Syllabus

Mishpatim 2015 Syllabus

Mishpatim 2014 Syllabus

Mishpatim 2013 Syllabus

Mishpatim 2012 Report

Winnipeg Jewish Review: January, 2020

UM Today – Faculty of Law: January, 2020

The Canadian Jewish News: August, 2017

The Canadian Jewish News: June, 2015

Canadian Lawyer: July, 2012

Winnipeg Jewish Review: June, 2012

Canada Newswire: May, 2012

Winnipeg Jewish Review: May, 2012

Winnipeg Jewish Review: July, 2011


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Student Feedback


Student Feedback


2012 Experience

Student Feedback: Carolyn Reimer

Student Feedback: Erica Grant

Student Feedback: Lalitha Ramachandran

Thoughts: Dr. Bryan P. Schwartz


Program Reflections

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Canadian Friends of Hebrew University

Austrailian Friends of Hebrew University: Australian Mishpatim Program