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030567 MC Historical Jewish Law Moot Court (2019W)

The Rabbinic Tribunal of Prague

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


max. 12 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

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23. - 28.02.2020 in Tel Aviv (Jerusalem)

Monday 14.10. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Tuesday 15.10. 08:30 - 14:00 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG
Wednesday 16.10. 08:30 - 14:00 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 Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Lomonossow 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". 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, serve as a point of reference for the Historical Jewish Law MC.

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 six conditions for a successful participation in the 5th Historical Jewish Law Moot Court 2019/2020:
- interest in, but no prior knowledge of Jewish law
- a letter of motivation
- above average English language skills
- readiness to work as part of a team
- participation in the two pre-moots, one in Jerusalem (in February 2020) and one in Moscow (in July 2020) , and the moot
- 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

Last modified: Tu 17.09.2019 13:07