International Summer Program: Identity-Based Conflict Resolution    Bar-Ilan University �¢�‘�¨�™�×

About the Summer Program

Conflicts over collective Identity - including issues of Religion, Narratives and Culture - abound in our world today. Taught in English by leading scholars and practitioners, this program offers five intensive two-week courses focusing on such conflicts and how to creatively engage them. It is the only Israeli summer certificate program taught in English addressing peace and conflict studies. The program will examine national and international conflicts from around the world with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the issue of Jerusalem. It consists of seminars, workshops, simulations, guest lectures, and a study-tour course, providing theoretical insights and practical tools. The Program’s approach is interdisciplinary, addressing various disciplines such as legal, psychological, religious and cultural. It provides a certificate upon completion and graduate credits in conjunction with students' host universities. It is tailored to holders of undergraduate degrees and graduate students who seek credits in an international setting as well as to professionals and the general public.

Why Bar-Ilan University?

Established in 1955, BIU is tremendously diverse and is one of Israel’s most respectable universities with some 34,000 students coming from all walks of Israeli Jewish and Arab Society. BIU is located only 15 minutes outside of Tel Aviv, the lively cultural hub of Israel. For more information on BIU, visit its website. Launched in 2000, the Conflict Management, Resolution and Negotiation Graduate Program at BIU, which hosts the Summer Program, is the most well-established peace and conflict studies program in Israel, the only one that produces two academic journals, in English and Hebrew. 

Why Israel? 

-    For the general academic prestige of Israeli universities, and BIU in particular.
-    For the scholarly expertise in peace and conflict studies and the laboratory setting of the Israeli-Arab/Palestinian conflict.
-    For the remarkably affordable tuition.

Conferences and Events

Bar-Ilan Campus Mediation Center

The Bar-Ilan Campus Mediation Center, staffed by the program�€™s faculty, graduates and students, provides minimal cost mediation and conflict management services to the campus community and beyond.
Students are exposed to practical training in mediation and conflict management programs as part of their graduate program.

A special preliminary course in mediation that fulfills government requirement for official recognition as mediators is offered to our students. Those graduating this course are later able to take an active role in the clinic.

The Center also handles cases referred to the center by the Israeli courts. These cases are mediated by students supervised by experienced mediators. Center volunteers have also been active in introducing educational programs about mediation in elementary schools in Israel.

The Center�€™s Director, Rivka Albek Solomon, a former research student in our program, is an experienced mediator with expertise in the field of mediation among the disabled.

The Israel Journal Of Conflict Resolution
כתב העת הישראלי ל� יהול ויישוב סכסוכים
The late Hans Bachrach of Melbourne, Australia was the visionary behind the founding of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation at Bar-Ilan University.
We thank the Bachrach family for their ongoing support and encouragement.