IDHR - International Law, Diplomacy & Human Rights



An effective response requires deliberate strategy.

To impact policy, you must equip yourself to effectively use dynamic advocacy platforms.

IDHR converts theory into practice. You may have been encouraged to “think outside the box,” but IDHR goes further and challenges you to translate those thoughts into actions.


The comprehensive IDHR academic program goes deep into the current international humanitarian landscape. Looking at the relationship between international organizations, legal tribunals and civil society, utilizing Israel as a case study. 


The course begins by outlining the framework of international law and diplomacy with respect to human rights. Students meet with lawmakers, politicians, policy makers, and former ambassadors to glean a variety of perspectives both historical and contemporary. The course includes diverse workshops which enhance the professionalism of participants, showing them how to operate at the global level and effectively communicate for a cause.

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IDHR Will give you the Opportunity to:


Develop your own functional advocacy campaign with the guidance and support of experienced professionals through a series of workshops.


Hear firsthand experience regarding the do’s and don’ts for advocating on behalf of human rights locally and internationally using Israel as a case study.


Network with former and current lawmakers, politicians, policymakers and ambassadors.


Take theory and history from lectures, and with the assistance of world-renowned advocacy experts, apply it to real-world issues.

Focus Areas

Including in-depth analysis of


International Criminal Court

An in-depth study of international law and the use of legal tribunals will employ the ICC as its focus in following the advancement of human rights via legal channels.


United Nations

This course will provide a holistic history and analysis of the largest IGO in the world, and the implications of its action and inaction, as well as the effectiveness of its resolutions.


The European Union

Participants will explore IGOs and dive into the importance of transparency and potential problems or a lack thereof; studying the EU, its money trail, and policy decision-making.


Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions

A greater understanding of modern  international movements and their implications and levels of effectiveness will be gained by studying the Israel-BDS relationship.

sample schedule


  • Lecture - The International diplomatic landscape and theories.
  • Meeting - Bassam Eid- Palestinian human rights activist.
  • Workshop - Professional skills (public speaking. creating a message box).


  • Tour - Israeli parliament- The Knesset.
  • Meeting - Israeli MK.
  • Tour - Supreme Court
  • Lecture - Basic human rights, law and the role of the Knesset.
  • Workshop - Strategy and tactics in making and changing policy.


  • Lecture - The responsibility of the UN Human Rights Council to prevent atrocities and address human rights.
  • Meeting - Former Ambassador to the UN.
  • Lecture - The UN in law and diplomacy.
  • Meeting - Prof. Yuval Shany - Expert in international law and human rights.


  • Lecture - The European Union and human rights.
  • Meeting - Avi Primor- Former Ambassador to the EU.
  • Lecture - The role of the EU in international law.
  • Workshop - Confront arguments and conduct simulations.


  • Lecture - The role of international legal tribunals in international law.
  • Meeting - Former President of the Supreme Court.
  • Lecture - The effectiveness of international law.

IDHR Guest Lecturers

Aharon Barak

Past Attorney General of Israel as well as former Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, Barak is well versed in his field working both as professor and lecturer of law at multiple universities across the world. He is also the recipient of both the Israel Prize for Law and the Zeltner Prize.

Professor Yuval Shany

Israeli academic and expert in humanitarian and human rights law. Shany is chair of the UN Human Rights Committee as well as the Hersch Laughterpacht Chair in Public International Law at Hebrew University. He is a senior researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute, and has received multiple awards due to his success in his field.

Bassam Eid

Leading Palestinian human rights activist and founder of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG), Eid exposes human rights violations committed by the Palestinian Authority. He has traveled across the world giving lectures and speeches about his work, and has received several awards for his activism in the Human Rights community.

Adv. Hillel Neuer

International lawyer, writer, and the executive director of UN Watch, a human rights NGO and UN watchdog group, based in Geneva. Adv. Neuer is founding chairman of Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy a coalition of 25 NGOs from around the world.

Fees and Expenses

All fees and expenses listed below are quoted in US Dollars.

Cost of program: $11,250
Application fee: $100

* Application fee to the programs is non-refundable.

  • Study abroad full-time semester tuition includes full IDHR program.
  • Housing, program trips, workshops, mentorships, lectures, facility fees, monthly bus pass (travel in Jerusalem) and health insurance are all included in the tuition fees quoted above. Not included are personal trips on weekends, flights, food and personal expenses.
  • Deposit of $3,000 must be received 60 days before start of program and is non-refundable.
  • Housing is based on shared rooms (2 beds in each room).


  • No. The course and all materials will be taught fully in English
  • Psst! Nearly everyone in Israel speaks English
  • Eligibility: completion of second year of undergraduate studies
  • Application Requirements:
    • Application Form
    • CV
    • Transcript(s)
    • 2-minute application video
    • Two phone interviews
  • Our coordinator is available for participants to reach out to directly; contact information will be available at the start of the program
  • Psst! Additionally, JIJ and the Israel Experience, (both located in Jerusalem) will also have contacts available for questions, concerns, and support throughout the program
The program is three months – please contact us for specific dates
  • A visa is not necessary. Israel gives visitors a tourist visa upon arrival which allows up to a 90 day visit. This time frame covers the full course in its entirety
  • Psst! If you are looking to spend extra time in Israel for travel or extended study at the completion of the course, you will need to look into your country’s Israel-visa requirements

The work week in Israel runs Sunday through Thursday.

Weekends (Friday & Saturday) are available free time to spend at your leisure

  • Every Saturday, in celebration of Shabbat, there are multiple closings to be aware of
    In addition to many shops and public places, almost all public transportation shuts down from Friday afternoon through Saturday night
  • Psst! There are many taxis and private modes of travel still operating throughout Shabbat, however, a little research will quickly alert you as to what is and is not open on Saturdays
    Let this inform any travel plans ahead of time

Jerusalem Institute of Justice

The Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ) is a legal and research institute dedicated to cultivating and defending human rights, the rule of law and democracy.

Established in 2004, JIJ operates both internationally and domestically.

JIJ works to uphold human rights in the region by submitting charges of the gravest crimes to international tribunals and governmental bodies.

Using first-hand evidence and testimonies, we target perpetrators of heinous human rights violations against innocent civilians that have so far enjoyed impunity.

In Israel, our passion for justice drives us to positively impact society by creating public policy reform for victims of human trafficking and by providing pro-bono legal services to discriminated religious minorities.

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