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265.4 sec. 1 - Jewish Law in Comparative Perspective: Comparative Visions of the Legal Enterpri (Spring 2014)

Instructor: Kenneth A. Bamberger  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: Tu 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 111

Course Start: January 07, 2014
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49814

This course in Jewish Law and Ethics will take a comparative approach to conceptions of law, ethics, and the legal enterprise. By exploring a legal system that adopts a very different notion of the relationship between law and ethics, the course will offer a lens to reflect on the U.S. legal system, as well as the system of regulating the ethics and behavior in the legal profession.

The course will address foundational questions about the relation between law and ethics, the advocacy system and its alternatives, the benefits and disadvantages of basing law on notions of rights as opposed to obligations, legal evolution in the face of change, the role of narrative in law and ethics. It will consider a variety of substantive legal areas to illuminate overarching themes, including: Jewish law regarding speech, education, environmental protection, and abortion.

** Assigned readings are all in English. ** No prior knowledge is required.

Exam Notes: F
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Law and Society
Legal Theory and History

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