Conferences & Lectures

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The Robbins Collection sponsors a variety of lectures, conferences, and events on comparative legal and historical topics, including many that are open to the campus community and the general public. Please visit our website again for announcements of upcoming events.

2012 Events

The 2012-2013 Robbins Collection Lecture in Jewish Law and Thought

event poster November 26, 2012
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

The 2012-2013 Robbins Collection Lecture in Jewish Law and Thought, co-sponsored with Berkeley Law's Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy, and Society, will take place on Monday, November 26, 2012. Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks will present "The Future of Judaism" at 6:00pm in Boalt Hall's Booth Auditorium, with a reception preceding at 5:15pm.







Legal Heterodoxy in Islamic and Jewish History: Late Antique and Medieval Transformations

event poster April 23-24, 2012
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

This two day symposium examined the place of multiple and dissenting legal opinions in Jewish and Islamic legal history, focusing on the late antique and medieval periods (from approximately 300 to 1300 CE) in the Near East. Recognizing that the story of Jewish law and the story of Islamic law cannot be told in isolation, these panels explored the transformation of legal systems within a comparative framework in order to more clearly distinguish between genuine parallels and unique divergences. The significance of this symposium is in its emphasis on a deeper awareness of the cross-pollination and shared relationships that Jewish and Islamic legal traditions perpetuate.







2012 Robbins Collection Lecture in Jewish Law

event posterNarrating the Law: How Stories Create Complex Law in the Talmud

Professor Barry Wimpfheimer
Department of Religious Studies and School of Law,
Northwestern University

April 16, 2012
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

The Robbins Collection, in affiliation with the Berkeley Program on Jewish Law, presented the third annual Robbins Collection Lecture in Jewish Law at Berkeley Law.