Westreich on the Assimilation of Religious Principles into Civil Law

Avishalom Westreich (College of Law and Business – Ramat Gan Law School) has posted Accommodating Religious Law with a Civil Legal System: Lessons from the Jewish Law Experience in Financial Family Matters (Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 33, 2018) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: The discussion of legal pluralism focuses on the coexistence of several legal systems, mainly religious and civil ones. But what happens when a process of assimilation – whether imposed or voluntary – characterizes the relationships between the systems? This paper analyzes the fascinating process of assimilation of civil principles into religious law in the context of Jewish law and Israeli civil family law. Assimilation, as the paper shows, is not the whole picture. The paper reveals a corresponding (both open and implicit) struggle for the preservation of religious law principles despite the continuing efforts of civil law for their curtailment, or sometimes, elimination.…

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