Israeli Business Law and Innovation (SC)

Section 1, J-Term 16

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 13/16
Credits: 2

Course Description

This January Term course meets in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday-Thursday, January 10-15. This two-credit J-term course, taught in Israel, will familiarize students with the unique legal aspects of Israel’s entrepreneurial culture through a series of lectures, meetings with practitioners, businesses and government institutions. The course should be of interest to students interested in corporate law, cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, entrepreneurship, and intellectual property laws, among others. A recent book popularized the depiction of Israel as a “start up nation”. Indeed, Israel, an 8-million people country, originated more companies on the NYSE than any other country except the US and China. What is the legal infrastructure that enables innovative and energetic entrepreneurs find the organizational form, the financing, and the government help that they need in order for them to bring their vision to international fruition? In this short course we will try to get firsthand answers to this and related questions. Topics covered in the course will include the Israeli controlling shareholders ownership structure (which is also the prevalent structure around the world) and legal issues that it raises, recent high profile controlling shareholder cases, the practice of Israeli startups to raise seed money and cross-list on US exchanges, the unique Israeli model of government sponsored business and technology incubators, unique and comparative aspects of Israeli intellectual property laws (e.g. patentable subject-matter, ownership of security related patents, and compulsory licenses), and the recently established Israeli business court division. The course will combine lectures, group discussions, guest speakers, and two field trips. We will meet with top corporate and intellectual property lawyers, government lawyers and judges, venture capitalists, and business entrepreneurs. COURSE REQUIREMENT: Examination

Course Requirements

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Final Type (if any): Due Date Only

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Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With:
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
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Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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