Tenth Jakobovitz Lecture in Jewish Medical Ethics

11th May 2010

Rabbi Professor Michael J Broyde

Can a Physician Assist in Coercive Interrogation?
A Jewish View of Military Ethics
with a Focus on the Role of the Doctor

Michael J. Broyde is professor of law at Emory Law and the academic director of the Law and Religion Programme at Emory University. His primary areas of interest are law and religion, Jewish law and ethics, and comparative religious law. Besides Jewish law and family law, Professor Broyde has taught Federal Courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Secured Credit and Bankruptcy.

Professor Broyde is ordained as a rabbi by Yeshiva University and is a member of the Beth Din of America, the largest Jewish law court in America. He was the director of that court during the 1997-1998 academic year. Professor Broyde is also the founding rabbi of the Young Israel synagogue in Atlanta and a founder of the Atlanta Torah MiTzion kollel study programme.

Professor Broyde has published more than 75 articles and book chapters on various aspects of law and religion and Jewish law, including "A Jewish Law View of World Law," (Emory Law Journal 2005), about how Jewish law might classify international law, and a series of vigorous exchanges in several publications on military ethics in Jewish law. He also has published a number of articles in the area of federal courts, including an article in the "Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy" on the impeachment process. He is the Editor of the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society.

Professor Broyde has authored, edited and co-edited several volumes including Human Rights in Judaism (1997), Marriage, Divorce and the Abandoned Wife in Jewish Law: A Conceptual Understanding of the Agunah Problems in America (2001) and Marriage, Sex and Family in Judaism (2005). His first book, The Pursuit of Justice and Jewish Law (1996) has recently been revised and re-published (2007).

This meeting has been arranged jointly between the Jewish Medical Association (UK)
and the Institute of Jewish Studies at University College London

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