Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice illuminates the conflict between "justice" and "mercy" in ways that continue to be relevant in modern society. This seminar will examine the validity and enforceability of Shylock's contract for "a pound of flesh," and will explore other issues ranging from the construction of contractual terms to the right of a person to control his or her own body. The presentations will offer a perspective on the role of law in Shakespeare's times and how the issues in the play may be viewed through the lenses of Jewish and American civil law.

Seminar Information
Seminar Date:
May 25, 2016
Jewish Law and The Merchant of Venice - Was Shylock's Trial Kosher?
Speaker Information
Kenneth Gross   [ view bio ]
Justice John J. Ark   [ view bio ]
Rabbi Yona Reiss   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Monroe County Bar Center for Education
Professional Practice Credits: 2.00
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Full Price: $120.00