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 The Minerva Center for the Study of the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa (Faculty of Law and the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies), invites proposals for research activities, as outlined below, aimed at analyzing the various aspects of legal regulation of emergencies.

The General Purpose of the Minerva Center is to serve as an international venue and transnational forum - together with the University of Hamburg - for study, research, training, education and publication in the areas of institutional, cultural, socioeconomic and policy aspects of the rule of law under the specified extreme conditions:

  • National security emergencies  - wars, terrorism, counter terrorism, cyber terrorism and military actions
  • Socioeconomic crises - economic meltdowns and severe sociopolitical fragmentation
  • Natural disasters - epidemics, floods, storms, fires and earthquakes, including derived man-made disasters, such as nuclear, cyber and more.

The Minerva Center shall fund:

      1. Graduate student (doctoral and master) scholarships for applicable theses research

      2. Post-doctoral fellowships  /  visiting researchers (short and longer term)

      3. Seed money for research proposals – up to $5000

      4. Support for on-going research – up to $10,000

      5. Workshops, colloquia and conferences – up to $5000

      6. Development of empirical databases – up to $5000

      7. Publications of relevant research products – up to $2500


Scholars, faculty members, young scientists, post-doctoral and graduate students, subject experts, policy and legal advisors.

Potential Interacting Disciplines:

Law, sociology, history, economics, political science and international studies, planning, media studies, psychology, geography, environmental studies, philosophy, public policy and administration, public health and medicine. The Center aims to be a venue for systematic and cross-cultural learning and research, using various methodologies, qualitative, quantitative and mixed.   

Submit Proposals – up to 5 pages specifying submission category (1-7 above).  For categories 3 and 4 please include: research description, goals, innovation, methodology and budget; For all other categories please include areas of focus, goals, expected outputs.  All applications must be accompanied by a curriculum vita of applicant(s). to:

Dr. Michal Ben Gal, Minerva Center Research Administrator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline:   February 25, 2015

Principal Center Investigators:

University of Haifa:                                                                 University of Hamburg:                                                                                                                

Prof. Eli Salzberger, Faculty of Law and Center Director             Prof. Dr. Florian Jessberger, Faculty of Law

Prof. Gad Barzilai, Faculty of Law                                             Prof. Dr. Stefan Oeter, Faculty of Law

Prof. Amnon Reichman, Faculty of Law                                     Prof. Dr. Hans-Henrich Trute, Faculty of Law

Prof. Deborah Shmueli, Department of Geography and              Prof. Dr. Stefan Voigt, Faculty of Law

       Environmental Studies