Harold J. Berman

HAROLD J. BERMAN, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, passed away November 13, 2007, in New York City. Honored and respected for his scholarship and passion for the law, Berman had recently celebrated his 60th anniversary as a law professor and referred to teaching as his “calling.” He served the Emory University community as its first Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law – the highest honor Emory can bestow upon a faculty member – for more than 20 years.  He was James Barr Ames Professor of Law Emeritus of Harvard Law School, where he taught from 1948 to 1985.

A prolific scholar, Berman wrote 25 books and more than 400 articles on the topics of law and religion, comparative legal history, Russian law and culture, legal philosophy and private international law.  His prize-winning book, Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition (1983), has been published in German, French, Chinese, Russian, Polish, Spanish, Italian, and Lithuanian translations.  His other writings have appeared in more than 20 languages. Scholars around the world referred to Berman as the father of the field of law and religion, and he was instrumental in the establishment of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

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