Organizers: Prof. Lior Barshack, Dr. Ruth Zafran, Dr. Ayelet Libson, Dr. Anat Rosenberg, Prof. Yoram Shachar, Dr. Galia Schneebaum and Dr. Adam Shinar


About the Workshop

The workshop hosts scholars engaged in inter- and multidisciplinary work in law and the humanities and encourages in-depth explorations of new possibilities for thinking about the relations between law and other cultural practices, and between the study of law and the study of human existence in the humanities.

We seek conversations across disciplines and fields into essential concerns of human experience, including basic institutions of social organization and the allocation of material and symbolic resources; struggles over identities; routes of available expression, interpretation, and meaning-making; and perceptions of reality.

The workshop meets 3-4 times each semester to discuss the work of scholars in fields of interest, each time involving in the conversation invited commentators and an audience of researchers from various disciplines in the Israeli academia.

Researchers from all disciplines are welcome.


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2020-2021 Program:

 | 16.6.21

A Symposium on Eric Nelson's The Theology of Liberalism: Political Philosophy and the Justice of God

16:30 | The event will take place remotely


Prof. Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study

Prof. Paul Horwitz, University of Alabama

Dr. Ayelet Hoffmann Libson, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya

Prof. Micah J. Schwartzman, University of Virginia

Pre-registration:  Event registration

| 10.2.21
Discussion on a chapter from Elizabeth S. Anker future book 

Book Abstract  - On Paradox: The Claims of Theory

16:30 | The event will take place remotely via this link


Prof. Lior Barshack, IDC Herzliya

Prof. Emilios Christodoulidis, University of Glasgow 

Dr. Irena Rosenthal, University of Amsterdam

Prof. Christian Volk, Humboldt University of Berlin

Chapter Summary:

This chapter, “Critiquing Rights and the Anti-Legalism of Theory,” poses three main questions. First, why have rights almost uniformly been understood by critical theorists and humanists working on law as having “only paradoxes to offer”? Second, what thinkers and theories helped to engrain that genre of analysis, and what sorts of conclusions has it dictated? Finally, why have theorists (within the legal academy and beyond) subscribed to various forms of “anti-legalism”? In answering these questions, the chapter offers an intellectual history of “rights skepticism” that canvasses philosophical debates about the status of rights beginning in the late eighteenth century and continuing through influential “biopolitical” and critical race theory today. Its ultimate argument is that an emphasis on the paradoxes and contradictions of rights has actively instilled such an antilegalistic mindset, and it therefore ventures a number of critiques of such reasoning.


​2015-16 Program


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