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Berman Featured in 'Q&A with the Experts'

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Harold J. Berman

08/06/07

Harold J. Berman, credited with being the "father" of the field of law and religion, is featured in the third installment of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion’s "Q&A with the Experts."

In this series, released in conjunction with the CSLR’s upcoming Silver Anniversary celebration October 24-26, renowned leaders in law and religion address issues of law and religion and more in video and text interviews.

Berman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law at Emory Unversity and James Barr Ames Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard University, explains his concept of world law and its importance to saving the world from its own destruction.

"For the first time in the history of the human race, the entire population of the world is beginning to interact one with another all over into a kind of a merging world society with a world law. We have to look at the different belief systems which underlie these various cultures. We’re faced with this incredible choice between self destruction of the human race and the coming together of all these cultures, and law can play a particularly vital role," he said.

Berman joined Emory in 1985 upon his retirement from Harvard University, where he taught for 37 years. He has published more than 300 articles and some 24 books, including the pathbreaking volume, The Interaction of Law and Religion, in 1974. He served as mentor to Frank S. Alexander, professor of law  and CSLR founding director, and John Witte, Jr., Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and CSLR director, both Harvard Law graduates.

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