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030567 MC Historical Jewish Law Moot Court (2019S)

The Rabbinic Tribunal of Prague

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

Motivationsschreiben an LV-Leiter.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 12 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

3. - 4.04.2019, Metz (Block)
30.07. - 02.08.2019, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem (Block)
06.08.2019, Jerusalem

Friday 15.03. 13:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG (Kickoff Class)
Friday 21.06. 16:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The Historical Jewish Law Moot Court, run by the University of Vienna, the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, the Moscow State University, the University of Tel Aviv and Yeshiva University, Cardozo Law School, New York aims at introducing participants to Jewish law as it was practiced in the early modern period. The focus is on the application of Jewish law under concrete historical conditions rather than on Jewish law as a timeless normative system, on "law in action" rather than on "law in the books". In 2016 a case from the 18th century, where guardians were tried for the embezzlement of the property of an orphan before the Rabbinical Court of Frankfurt-on-Main provided the background for the Historical Jewish Law Moot Court. In 2017 and 2018 cases adjudicated by the Rabbinic Tribunal of Prague, arguably the most important Jewish legal forum both in the Western Ashkenazic world and in the Holy Roman Empire, served as a point of reference for the Historical Jewish Law MC. In 2019 the Historical Jewish Law MC will be held in conjunction with the Ius Commune MC with the finals taking place at the Supreme Court of the State of Israel in Jerusalem. A case which the Imperial Aulic Council in Vienna decided in part on the basis of Jewish law will serve as a historical reference case.

Assessment and permitted materials

The students' progress will be monitored on the basis of their participation in the pre-moots and the moot.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

There are seven conditions for a successful participation in the 4th Historical Jewish Law Moot Court 2018/2019:
- interest in, but no prior knowledge of Jewish law
- a letter of motivation
- above average English language skills
- readiness to be part of a team
- participation in at least two of the three pre-moots, Vienna & Eisenstadt, Metz and Tel Aviv & Jerusalem
- participation in a minimum of 28 lectures, excursions and coaching units in the summer term 2019
- writing a seminar paper based on the oral pleading in the moot court (in order to gain 4 additional ECTS)

Examination topics

The moot counts as the final examination.

Reading list

Available in class.

Association in the course directory

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