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030567 MC Historical Jewish Law Moot Court (2021W)

The Rabbinic Tribunal of Prague

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

Voraussetzung für die Anmeldung ist ein Motivationsschreiben und ein Aufnahmegespräch.


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

Block: 20.-25. Februar 2022 Jerusalem/Tel Aviv

Friday 15.10. 12:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum SEM42 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The Historical Jewish Law Moot Court, run by the law faculties of the University of Vienna, Moscow State University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Tel Aviv and the Yeshiva University 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". The case assignment is usually modelled on concrete historical cases adjudicated by the Rabbinic Tribunal of Prague, arguably the most important Jewish legal forum both in the Western Ashkenazic world, the Holy Roman Empire and the Austrian Hereditary Lands serves 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 five conditions for a successful participation in the 5th Historical Jewish Law Moot Court 2021:
- 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
- writing a seminar paper based on the oral pleading in the moot court is optional (required 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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