Sharia Tribunals, Rabbinical Courts and Christian Panels: Is Religious Arbitration Good for America? | Congregation Beth Am

Sharia Tribunals, Rabbinical Courts and Christian Panels: Is Religious Arbitration Good for America?

Presented by Rabbi Michael Broyde, Emory University Professor of Law

This lecture will discuss the advantages and disadvantages to a secular society of allowing robust religious arbitration. Does such arbitration encourage moderation of "fanatical" religions? Does such arbitration allow secular society to learn from religious legal systems? Is religious freedom protected by such proceedings or harmed by them? What kind of limitations should be put on such proceedings? Should we draw distinctions based on how "western" the faith is? Or how well trained its judges are? Is serious religion part of multicultural expression?

Rabbi Michael J. Broyde is a Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law, and the Projects Director of its Center for the Study of Law and Religion. During the 2018-2019 academic year, he was a Senior Global Scholar for the United States Fulbright Scholars Program at Hebrew University. This autumn, he is visiting at Stanford University School of Law where he teaches Jewish Law. He has held a variety of rabbinic positions in the past, from rabbi of the Young Israel Congregation in Atlanta to director of the Beth Din of America, as well as Rosh Kollel of the Atlanta Torah Mitzion Kollel.

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