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The Perception and Reception of Roman Law and Tribunals by Jews and Other Inhabitants of the Empire

International Conference of the ERC program JUDAISM AND ROME: “Re-thinking Judaism’s Encounter with the Roman Empire: Rome’s Political and Religious Challenge to Israel and its Impact on Judaism (2nd Century BCE – 4th Century CE)”.

FECHA / DATE/DATA: 18-19-20/06/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, (Aix-en-Provence, France)


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Monday, June 18 9h-9h30: Welcome and Introduction (Katell Berthelot, CNRS / Aix-Marseille University) Comparing Legal Systems 9h30-10h15: Natalie Dohrmann (University of Pennsylvania), “Ad Similitudinem arbitrorum: On the Uses of Commensurability & Comparison in Ancient and Modern Sources” Accessing Imperial Justice 10h45-11h30: Clifford Ando (University of Chicago), “Performing Justice in Republican Empire” 11h30-12h15: Aitor Blanco-Pérez (University of Navarra), “Appealing for Imperial Justice: Provincial Petitions and Roman Responses Prior to Late Antiquity” 12h15-13h00: Leanne Bablitz (University of British Columbia, Vancouver), “The Vocabulary of Legal Spaces” The Status of Local Law within the Empire 14h00-14h45: Julien Dubouloz (Aix-Marseille University), “Les administrateurs romains pouvaient-ils dédaigner les droits des communautés provinciales?” 14h45-15h30: Yair Furstenberg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Making Space for Local Law: Towards a New Paradigm of Jewish Jurisdiction in Roman Palestine” Experts and Mediators of Roman Law 16h-16h45: Julien Fournier (University of Lorraine), “Les ekdikoi, représentants des communautés civiques de Grèce et d’Asie Mineure devant les tribunaux impériaux” 16h45-17h30: Capucine Nemo-Pekelman (Paris Nanterre University), “The Jewish Infra-civic Elites from the West: Their Judicial and Legal Activities” Tuesday, June 19 Knowledge and Diffusion of Roman Law 9h-9h45: Catherine Hezser (SOAS, University of London), “Did Palestinian Rabbis Know Roman Law? Methodological Considerations Concerning the Relationship Between Rabbinic Halakhah and Roman Legislation” 9h45-10h30: Caroline Barron (CNRS / Aix-Marseille University), “Transculturation: Legal Changes and the Role of Roman Law in Roman Baetica” 11h-11h45: Kate Cooper (Royal Holloway, University of London), “Domestic Violence and Legal Hybridity: The Case of P. Oxy 903” 11h45-12h30: David Kremer (Paris Descartes University), “La diffusion du droit romain en Orient à l’époque tardive. L’apport des Sententiae Syriacae” Afternoon: Trip to Glanum and Arles Wednesday, June 20 Reception of Roman Law: Status, Family and Inheritance 9h-9h45: Anna Dolganov (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna), “Si de hereditate ambigitur: Roman Jurisdiction in Testamentary Matters and its Provincial Reception” 9h45-10h30: Yael Wilfand (CNRS / Aix-Marseille University), “‘A Proselyte whose Sons Converted with Him’: Roman Laws on New Citizens’ Authority over their Children and Tannaitic Rulings on Converts to Judaism and their Offspring” 11h-11h45: Orit Malka (Tel Aviv University) and Yakir Paz (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Captivus civiliter mortuus est: Captivity and Property Rights in Roman and Rabbinic Law” 11h45-12h30: Yifat Monnikendam (Tel Aviv University), “What to Do with Roman Law? The Exposed Child in Jewish and Christian Late Antique Legal Discourse” Challenging Imperial Justice 13h30-14h15: Kaius Tuori (University of Helsinki), “Between the Good King and the Cruel Tyrant: Acta Isidori and the Images of Roman Emperors among Provincial Litigants” 14h15-15h00: Hayim Lapin (University of Maryland), “Representing State Judicial Violence in Palestinian Rabbinic Literature” 15h30-16h15: Ari Bryen (Vanderbilt University), “A Frenzy of Sovereignty: Punishment in the Aktenbuch” 16h15-17h00: Kimberley Fowler (CNRS / Aix-Marseille University), “A Re-examination of Early Christian Perspectives on the Relationship between Roman Law and Mosaic Law 17h15-18h00: Conclusion (Christine Hayes, Yale University) and final discussion

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