Daniel Sinclair

Daniel Sinclair

Wolff Fellow in Jewish Law; Visiting Professor of Law

Telephone: 212.636.7564


Prof. Daniel Sinclair LL.B. (Hons) (University of London), LL.M. (Monash University), LL.D. (Hebrew University), Rabbinical Ordination (Jerusalem) is Full Professor of Law at the Striks CMAS Law School in Israel where he teaches Jewish Law and Comparative Biomedical Law. He is also Wolff Fellow in Jewish Law, and Visiting Professor of Law at Fordham University Law School. Prof. Sinclair’s publications in the field of Jewish Law and Comparative Biomedical Law comprise over 60 articles and several books including Tradition and the Biological Revolution (Edinburgh University Press, 1989), Jewish Biomedical Law: Legal and Extra-legal Dimensions (Oxford University Press, 2003) and the entry on “Jewish Bioethics: The End of Life” in the 2013 Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics. Previous positions include Dean of Jews’ College, University of London, and Rabbi of the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation. During his period in the United Kingdom, Prof. Sinclair contributed to the Science and Technology Committee of the House of Commons in the area of human genetics, and served as a member of the Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Physicians. He is presently a member of an Advisory Group to the European Union on the ethics of science, and has contributed to position papers on cloning and clinical trials. The focus of his current research is the role of religious law in democratic societies.

Selected Publications

Prof. Sinclair has published extensively in the fields of comparative biomedical law, Jewish law, the jurisprudence of Jewish law and the relationship between halakhah and ethics and the influence of Jewish law on the legal system of the State of Israel. Amongst his books are Tradition and the Biological Revolution (Edinburgh University Press, 1989), Law, Judicial Policy and Jewish Identity in the State of Israel (State University of New York, Binghamton, 2000) and Jewish Biomedical Law: Legal and Extra-Legal Dimensions (Oxford University Press, 2003).