The Integrative Jurisprudence of Harold J. Berman

The Integrative Jurisprudence of Harold J. Berman

The Integrative Jurisprudence of Harold J. Berman

The Integrative Jurisprudence of Harold J. Berman

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"Celebrating the remarkable career of jurist Harold J. Berman, the essays in this volume demonstrate that Berman's contributions to Russian studies, international trade law, legal history, philosophy of law, and law and religion have firmly established him as part of the tradition of our greatest American jurists." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Harold J. Berman is one of the great figures in American legal education of the twentieth century. He stands together with giants such as Roscoe Pound, Karl Llewellyn and Lon Fuller in his influence on the development of the intellectual study of the law. The essays in this volume, all written by former students of Professor Berman, attest to the breadth and depth of his influence in jurisprudence, legal history, the interrelationship of law and religion, commercial law and the law of the Soviet Union. It is a major achievement to become a respected scholar in a single area; Berman has become a defining scholar in several areas. In so doing he also has demonstrated the overriding theme of his work -- that law is an integrated system which is part of the historical context in which it develops.

Professor Berman, who was born in 1918 in Hartford, Connecticut, began his university studies at Dartmouth College where he was influenced by the noted scholar and teacher, Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy. After further study at the London School of Economics and the graduate history department at Yale University, he moved to the study of law at Yale Law School. His studies were interrupted by World War II, in which he served with distinction as a sergeant in the United States Army. During the war, Berman began to polish his Russian language skills, and he came to the firm conclusion that the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union would be the most important international relationship for the rest of the century.

After the war, Berman completed his legal studies at Yale and received his first academic appointment at Stanford Law School in 1947. A year later he was brought to Harvard with a joint appointment in the Law School and the Russian Research Center. He remained at Harvard, where he became James Barr Ames Professor of Law, until 1985 when he moved to Emory to become Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and a Fellow of the Carter Center of Emory University.

Professor Berman made his first trip to the Soviet Union in the midfifties at a time when tensions between the United States and the USSR were high and there were few contacts between the two societies. He has returned many times since then and has managed to build numer-

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