175th Anniversary Gala

Judaic and Islamic legal systems (based on Halakah and Sharia', respectively) have endured for centuries despite the rapid changes and challenges of the modern world—from exploration of outer space to human cloning. They serve as a testimony to the relevance and universality of their underlying values and principles.
The potential application of these legal systems to the development of foreign policy is the subject of a 90-minute program titled "The Approach of the Halakah and Sharia' to Contemporary Legal Issues," which will be held at the Library of Congress at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The program will be moderated by Don Wallace, chairman of the International Law Institute and professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Panelists include Rabbi Sholml Yaffee and Issam Michael Saliba.  In addition to explaining the historical development of Judaic and Islamic law, the program will explore adaptations of these laws that could benefit policymakers in their legislative work on foreign policy and other areas affecting religiously oriented communities.

In addition to explaining the historical development of Judaic and Islamic law, the program will explore adaptations of these laws that could benefit policymakers in their legislative work on foreign policy and other areas affecting religiously oriented communities.

Sponsored jointly by the Law Library of Congress and the African and Middle Eastern Division, the event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For more information, please contact Leon Scioscia (202) 707-1496.

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202)707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov

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Last Updated: 02/28/2014