July 12, 2013
Queen’s is pleased to announce a new partnership between the Queen’s Faculty of Law and the Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University in Israel. The three-year joint endeavour will include an annual faculty exchange, an annual public lecture, a conference, and dedicated support for collaborative faculty research projects. The new initiatives are possible thanks to the generous support of Jeremy Freedman (LLB ’82), on behalf of the Jeremy and Judith Freedman Family Foundation.
“This is a very exciting new collaboration that will open up all sorts of possibilities for our faculty, students and researchers,” says Principal Daniel Woolf, who is in Tel Aviv for the formal announcement of the partnership. “Sharing our academic and research resources is one of the most effective ways for both our institutions to develop.”
“The Faculty of Law at Queen’s already has an active student exchange program with the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University,” says Bill Flanagan, Dean of Law. “Adding faculty exchanges as well as public lectures, a conference and research projects will provide many more important opportunities for the entire Queen’s community.”
The new initiatives include:
• Beginning in 2013-2014, a faculty member from Queen’s Law will be invited to teach a short, intensive course at Tel Aviv University, and a faculty member from Tel Aviv University will be invited to teach a short, intensive course at Queen’s.
The Bora Laskin Lecture:
• Named for the late Bora Laskin, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the annual Bora Laskin Lecture will be delivered by the visiting faculty member from Tel Aviv University, or by another prominent Israeli scholar.
• In the third year of the program, Queen’s will host a conference on “Constitutional Culture – Canada and Israel”, a topic chosen to reflect both Queen’s and Tel Aviv University’s strengths and interests in public law and comparative law. The interdisciplinary theme will allow broad participation from other departments at Queen’s, as well as the general public.
• New funding will be available to Queen’s law faculty to support joint research projects between faculty at both universities – including comparative analyses of Canadian and Israeli law or legal institutions. The funds will also allow researchers to hire research assistants at either Queen’s or at Tel Aviv University.
Principal Daniel Woolf is currently visiting Israel and the West Bank as part of a delegation of six university presidents to the region.