Alliance Manchester Business School


Alliance Manchester Business School
Emeritus Professor


A full publication list is available here: 

  • LL.B. (Liverpool), D.Phil. (Oxon.), LL.D. (Edinburgh), D.H.L. h.c. (Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati), Utter Barrister (Gray''s Inn);
  • Alliance Professor of Modern Jewish Studies;
  • Joined the University of Manchester in 1997.

Further information

Supervision areas:

My successful PhD students have written theses on, inter alia, Seriousness of Offence in Biblical Law, Judicial Deviation in the Talmud, Medieval Responsa on Restitution and Decision-Making in the Crown Prosecution Service.

Additional academic activities:

I have established an Agunah Research Unit at Manchester.

Additional information:

Research Grants:


  • Social Science Research Council, Personal Research Award, 1981;
  • BritishAcademy Research Grant, 1983;
  • British Council Research Grant, 1984;
  • Leverhulme Research Grant, 1986-87;
  • Merseyside Police, 1990-91;
  • Hanadiv Foundation (for Agunah Research Unit), 2004-05;
  • Leverhulme Trust (for Agunah Research Unit), 2005-08.
  • British Academy Research Small Grant (for Agunah Research Unit), 2008.



  • Executive Committee, The Jewish Law Association, 1978-1992, 2004-;
  • Secretary-General and Treasurer, International Association for the Semiotics of Law, 1987-93;
  • Management Committee, U.K. Law Technology Centre, 1989-92;
  • Chairman, BILETA Inquiry into Computer Provision in U.K. Law Schools, 1989-91;
  • Northern Circuit Committee on Computer Support for Litigation, 1991;
  • Lord Chancellor''s Area Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, 1992;
  • Committee, Society for Computers and Law, Liverpool Branch, 1993-96;
  • Editorial Board, Archivos Latinoamericanos de Metodologia y Filosofia del Derecho, Venezuela. 1988- ;
  • Advisory Board, Center for Semiotic Research in Law, Government and Economics, PennsylvaniaStateUniversity, 1990;
  • Conseil d''administration, Association Européenne pour la philosophie du droit. 1990-2000;

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