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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 20, 2005

Ida Beam Lecturer To Discuss Religion In Western Law

Harold Berman, a leading expert and writer on religion's role in the development of Western legal thought, will discuss religion in Western law and the developing world law as the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa.

Berman's keynote address, "The Role of Religion in the Western Legal Tradition and in the Emergence of World Law," will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, in Lecture Room 1 in Van Allen Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Berman is a law professor at Emory University in Atlanta and an emeritus professor of law at Harvard University. He is a prolific scholar who has focused his writing and teaching on Soviet socialist law, the legal history of Western Europe, law and religion, and the development of world law. He is currently the Director of the World Law Institute at Emory University, which sponsors the study and teaching of world law, offering, among other activities, a full semester of courses in World Law at the Central European University in Budapest.

His most important books are "Justice in the U.S.S.R.," "Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition," "Faith and Order: The Reconciliation of Law and Religion" and "Law and Revolution II: The Impact of the Protestant Reformations on the Western Legal Tradition." His recent research has focused on religion's role in the development of world law.

In addition to funding as an Ida Cornelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor, Berman's visit is sponsored by the College of Law, the Departments of History and Religious Studies, International Programs, and the European Studies Group. Berman will be on campus from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 and will meet with numerous faculty and students during that time.

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