Interpretation and Legal Change: A Comparative Perspective (Research Group Conference)

Sun, 14/06/2015 to Tue, 16/06/2015



Vered Noam (Tel Aviv University)
Rami Reiner (Ben-Gurion University)


Interpretation is a major tool for legal change and a generator of Religious Law. The conference will address a number of questions regarding the relations between the law, the legal text, the role of the Interpretation and the interpreters. The main themes of the conference include: 

  • The role of Interpretation in legal change.

  • Law’s tendency to expand itself and to “conquer” new areas of social life.

  • Legal disputes and their interpretive roots.

  • Interpreters’ self-reflection on their interpretive activity.

  • Beyond the Edge of Interpretation: Explicit denial of the authoritative text.

  • Art as interpretation.

  • Plain Meaning and its status in legal thinking.



Bernadette Brooten (Brandeis University)
Mordechai Cohen (Yeshiva University)
Lutz Doering (University of Münster)
Steven Fraade (Yale University)
Moshe Halbertal (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, New York University)
Katrin Kogman-Appel (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Admiel Kosman (Potsdam University)
Frederick Lawrence (President, Brandeis University)
Berachyahu Lifshitz (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Timothy Lim (University of Edinburgh)
Shulamit Laderman (Bar-Ilan University)
Lena Salaymeh (Tel Aviv University)
Walid Saleh (University of Toronto)
Adiel Schremer (Bar-Ilan University)
Heeraman Tiwari (Jawaharlal Nehru University)