Professor of Law
Chaim Saiman is a scholar of Jewish law and comparative private law. His scholarship has appeared in journals including, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and the Journal of Law and Religion. Professor Saiman currently serves as the Gruss Visiting Professor of Talmudic Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the William Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University, and is also the Jewish law editor for the Journal of Law and Religion. At present he is working on a book titled, Halakha: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, which will be published by Princeton University Press.
Professor Saiman received his B.S. from Georgia State University, and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. He has also completed graduate Talmudic and Biblical studies at Yeshivat Har Etzion and undergraduate Talmudic and Biblical studies at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavne in Israel. Prior to joining the faculty at Villanova, he served as an Olin Fellow at Harvard Law School, a Golieb Fellow in legal history at NYU Law School, and as a law clerk to Judge Michael McConnell on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. At Villanova, Professor Saiman teaches Contracts, Legislation, Jewish law, and a seminar titled, “Tradition in Law and Religion.”
Courses and Seminars
- Contracts I
- Contracts II
- Jewish Law
- Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
- The Uses of Tradition in Law and Religion
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