Martin J. Hertz Lecture in Jewish Law and Culture - How Concepts of Jewish Peoplehood Inform Legal RulingsApril 2013
Disputes surrounding the nature of conversion to Judaism are at the center of some of the most contentious legal debates taking place in modern Jewish jurisprudence. On April 16, Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Rights and Rites: A UK Perspective on Law and ReligionFebruary 2013
On February 26, Claire Archbold, the Head of Legal Services in Northern Ireland - Department of Justice - talked about the UK legal approach to religion, comparing the US and French constitutional approaches to religion (which are at opposite ends of the spectrum) to the UK approach. Ms. Archbold addressed also the question whether there is a fundamental tension between the anti-discrimination and human rights approaches. Being from Northern Ireland, Ms. Archbold offered insights into particular anti-discrimination and positive public duty provisions in Northern Ireland that have been demonstrated to be effective in reducing discrimination on the grounds of religion.
"Who is a Jew”: Israeli Law versus the PressFebruary 2013
On February 19, Professor Yifat Holzman-Gazit from the College of Management in Israel investigated how religion-state issues are particularly contentious in the Israeli context and often resolved by litigation before the Supreme Court in its capacity as the High Court of Justice. A controversy that reached Israel’s High Court of Justice in 2005 involved a petition to recognize the validity of non-Orthodox conversions to Judaism that were performed abroad and known as “stop-over conversions”. In her research, Prof. Holzman-Gazit examined the role of both elite and popular newspapers in constructing the controversy over “who is a Jew”. Holzman-Gazit found that two distinct frames were used by the papers to convey the essence of the controversy. While the organizing idea in Ha’aretz, the elite newspaper, was one of Israel as a civic state, Yedioth Achronot, the popular newspaper, emphasized the religious dimension of Israeli nationhood. However, both papers avoided challenges to the basic issue of whether religious authorities should control the definition of the character of Israel as a Jewish State. Thus, the media in effect defined the terms of the struggle over the Jewish identity of the state within consensual boundaries. For more information, click here.
The Wolff Lecture - Between Validity and Truth Falls the Shadow: Law-talk and God-talk in JudaismJanuary 2013
The lecture was given by Rabbi Gordon Tucker. Rabbi Tucker has been the Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY since 1994. He was a member of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly for 25 years. He is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and previously served for eight years as Dean of the Seminary's Rabbinical School. For more information, click here.
The Arab Spring: It’s Impact on International Politics, International Law, and International OrganizationsDecember 2012
On December 4, Dr. Yassin El-Ayouty, Esq., gave a lecture on the Arab spring, one of the most important event in the 21st century. Dr. El-Ayouty described how from Tunisia to Egypt; from Libya to Yemen; and from Bahraim to Syria, the wall of fear by the masses from dictatorships has fallen. Social media had broken the hold of entrenched regimes on the freedom of expression. The quest for dignity, democracy and development has created global kinship across continental divides. El-Ayouty concluded that these developments will have a fast impact on international politics, international law, and international organizations, and he expects it will last for a long time. For more information, click here.
Why Morality-Free Economic Theory Does Not Work: A Natural Law Perspective in the Wake of the Recent Financial CrisisOctober 2012
The recent worldwide financial crisis has revealed a serious flaw in current thinking about markets and morals. Contemporary legal theorists and political economists commonly assume that markets can (and even should) provide morally neutral zones for the exchange of goods among free persons, constrained by nothing other than the laws of contract and the imperatives of self-interest. Professor Bruni’s lecture challenged this dominant assumption and offered an alternative, natural law perspective on the interrelatedness of markets, morals, and human sociality. For more information, click here.
Sharing Sacred Space in JerusalemMarch, 2012
Jerusalem is a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims. In this relatively small space, they live side by side, practicing their traditions.
Law and the Gospel of LifeJanuary 2012
A special evening with Archbishop Timothy Dolan exploring the application of Gospel values to contested areas of law, social policy and bioethics. The Archbishop highlighted the importance of put the human dignity at the center of all man-made laws.
The event launched the new initiative by Fordham Law's Institute on Religion, Law and Lawyer's Work, to explore the challenges of applying Gospel values to law and social policy.
Human Development from the Vantage Point of UnityDecember 2010
On December 15, 2010, as part of the Seton Hall University Micah Institute for Business and Economics "To Do Justice" Series, Amy Uelmen presented a paper on Benedict XVI and Chiara Lubich: Human Development and Unity. The full analysis was published in the March 2010 issue of Theological Studies, Caritas in veritate and Chiara Lubich: Human Development from the Vantage Point of Unity.
Mosques in America: an Exercise in DialogueNovember 2010
Over the course of Fall 2010, discussions about the location of mosques have at times become a source of tension, particularly in New York City. In November 2010, the Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer's Work sponsored an event, as Professor Russell G. Pearce put it, "to provide space for the kinds of dialogue that increase mutual understanding." With the help of two expert facilitators, Rabbi Justus N. Baird, Director of the Center for Multifaith Education from the Auburn Theological Seminary and Asim Rehman, Esq., Vice-President of the Muslim Bar Association of New York, a group of students, faculty and alumni--Muslims, Jews and Christians--gathered to work through a case-study of how one community faced a similar controversy. As the participants wrestled with questions such as whether it was appropriate for public officials and citizens bring their religious identity into discussions about public space, and the kinds of approaches which help communities to deal with ethnic and social change, a consensus emerged that communities need to look for creative ways to foster dialogue and understanding in the midst of these kinds of complex and multi-layered issues, and each felt challenged to examine how they might contribute, as lawyers or future lawyers, to fostering this kind of conversation.
Comparing European and North American systems: the client-attorney relationshipOctober 2010
In October 2010, Amy Uelmen gave a presentation at a continuing legal education event held at the Roman Court of Appeals. Sponsored by the international "Communion and Law" project, she gave a North American perspective on "The Role of the Lawyer's Conscience in Client Counseling." For more information about the event, click here.
Religious Legal Theory: The State of the FieldSeton Hall Law - November 12-13, 2009
This conference hosted leading scholars to assess the “state of the field” of religious legal theory, consolidating the advances and charting new directions for religious perspectives on law and public policy. Amy Uelmen, Director of Fordham Law's Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer's Work presented a paper entitled Religious Legal Theory's "Second Wave."
For more info, visit the conference Web page.
Resources on the Economic Crisis and Religious ValuesOctober 19, 2009
The financial and economic crisis is generating deeper reflection on how our social, economic and business structures need to change. Over the past years, the Institute has sponsored programs and scholarship which have explored the extent to which religious values and traditions might shed light on questions of economic justice.
For an overview on past resources and upcoming events on this topic, see Resources on Economic Justice.
Journal of Law & Religion Symposium on the Global Economic Crisis, Law and the Religious TraditionsOctober 16, 2009
The Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer's Work cosponsored the Journal of Law & Religion Symposium on the Global Economic Crisis, Law and the Religious Traditions, which was held on October 14-16, 2009 at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.