Historical Jewish Law Moot Court - The Rabbinic Tribunal of Prague

The Historical Jewish Law Moot Court, run by the law faculties of the University of Vienna, the University of Vilnius, the Masaryk University of Brünn, 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. The jurisdiction of this court, arguably the most important Jewish legal forum 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 Moot Court.

Generously supported by

the Law Faculties of the participating universities, the Federal Chancery, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry for European and International Affaires of the Republic of Austria, Oblin Attorneys at Law and Völkl Rechtsanwälte.

„Nationale Strategie gegen Antisemitismus"

The Federal Chancery of the Republic of Austria suppports several research and teaching projects at the Institute for Legal and Constitutional History of the University of Viennna, which focus on the history of Jews and Jewries in Europe, among them the "Jewish Law Moot Court - The Rabbinic Tribunal of Prague".

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