Professor Daniel Sinclair, a visiting professor at Fordham Law School in New York City who also teaches Jewish Law; Comparative Bio-Medical Law, Jurisprudence and the History and Principles of the Common Law at the College of Management Law School in Rishon Lezion, Israel, gave two presentations at Hamline in late February. He discussed Jewish law as well as the ethics of warfare, euthanasia and assisted reproduction in Israel law. His presentations were sponsored by the Journal of Law and Religion, the Hamline Health Law Institute and the Cardozo Society. Both lectures were each approved for 1.0 CLE standard credit by the Minnesota CLE Board (event code: 116268 on the CLE website).
Professor Sinclair described the tension between the moral imperative to save life and respecting individual autonomy when individuals do not wish to live. "The gods give life so mortals are not permitted to take it and, indeed, there is an obligation to save life in Israeli law," he said. Later he asked, "Is it a type of cultural imperialism when courts refuse to go along with groups like the Jehovah's Witnesses?"