Essays in Honour of Michael Freeman
Edited by Alison Diduck, Noam Peleg and Helen Reece
philosophy and action. It is also testament to the broad range of vision of Professor Michael Freeman, in whose honour the volume was conceived.
The contributions are divided into categories which reflect his distinguished career and publications, over 85 books and countless articles, including pioneering work on children’s rights, domestic violence, religious law, jurisprudence, law and culture, family law and medicine, ethics and the law, as well as his enduring commitment to interdisciplinarity.
The volume begins with work on law in its philosophical, cultural or symbolic realm (Part I: Law and Stories: Culture, Religion and Philosophy), including its commitment to the normative ideal of ‘rights’ (Part II: Law and Rights), and then offfers work on law as coercive state action (Part III: Law and the Coercive State) and as regulator of personal relationships (Part IV: Law and Personal Living). It continues with reflections on the importance of globalisation, both of law and of ‘doing family’ in personal and public life (Part V: Law and International Living) before closing with two reflections on Michael Freeman’s body of work generally, including one from Michael himself (Part VI: Law and Michael Freeman).
This seems to be a classic interpretative issue, but it has legal implications. These two options (the textual and the contextual) are already mentioned in the Talmudic literature, which discusses which interpretation should be adopted from a halakhic-legal perspective. The Talmud cites a Tannaitic
Lirieka Meintjes-Van der Walt
earliest experts.' Legal reliance on technical experts can also be traced to biblical Israel: Joseph and Daniel interpreted dreams and Talmudic rabbis acted both as judges and technical experts.2 From ancient times experts were expected to give answers to questions regarding pregnancy and parentage. An