Michael J. Broyde is Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law and Senior Fellow and Projects Director at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He is also a prominent rabbi involved in many areas of Jewish life and law.
Broyde is ordained as a rabbi (yoreh yoreh and yadin yadin) from Yeshiva University and was a member (chaver and dayan) of the Beth Din of America, the largest Jewish law court in America, where he once served as director while on leave from Emory. He was the founding Rabbi of the Young Israel synagogue in Atlanta and a founder and religious leader (Rosh Kollel) of the Atlanta Torah MiTzion kollel study program. He served on boards of many schools and organizations in Atlanta, including more than 15 years as the chair of the medical ethics committee of the Weinstein Hospice in Atlanta. In 2012, he was considered as a candidate for the post of Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.
His primary areas of interest are law and religion, Jewish law and ethics, family law, and comparative religious law. Broyde regularly teaches Jewish Law and Family Law (I and II) at Emory. He has taught many other courses as well, including Federal Courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Secured Credit and Bankruptcy. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Broyde is Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is lecturing on many topics in Israel and Europe. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Broyde was a visiting professor at the University of Warsaw Law School in Poland and at the Interdisciplinary College of Law in Herzliya, Israel. During Fall 2019, he was a visiting professor at Stanford Law School where he taught Jewish Law.
Broyde has written or edited eleven books. His most recent books are A Concise Code of Jewish Law for Converts (Urim Press, 2017), which serves as a compendium of all aspects of Jewish law relating to the experience of the convert in their new Jewish life, and Sharia Tribunals, Rabbinical Courts, and Christian Panels: Religious Arbitration in America and the West (Oxford University Press, 2017), which explores the rise of this phenomenon in recent years and a commentary on the book of Genesis for the secular community found here (Wipf and Stock, 2019) which he hopes will be the first of five volumes.
Among the contemporary issues addressed in the Oxford book are "why religious communities feel disenfranchised from secular law" and "why American law is so comfortable with faith-based arbitration." In it, Broyde also sets forth his opinions regarding "the proper procedural, jurisdictional, and contractual limits of arbitration generally, and of religious arbitration particularly" as well as "whether secular societies should facilitate effective, legally enforceable religious dispute resolution." Broyde concludes that "religious arbitration is not only good for the religious community itself, but that having many different avenues for faith-based arbitration which are properly limited is good for any vibrant pluralistic democracy inhabited by diverse faith groups."
He frequently lectures and writes on topics related to religious freedom globally. You can find his most current resume here.
In addition to his many books, Broyde has written more than 250 articles and book chapters on various aspects of law and religion, Jewish law, and religious ethics, as well as an often-cited article on impeachment in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He has written on military ethics from a Jewish law view, marriage and divorce in the Jewish tradition, bioethical dilemmas from a religious view, women’s rights in the Jewish tradition, the general relationship between secular and Jewish law in its many different facets, and many other topics. He has also lectured at countless synagogues world-wide and dozens of institutions of higher Jewish learning (yeshivot and seminaries)
He received a juris doctor from New York University and published a note on its Law Review. He also clerked for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Broyde is married to labor lawyer Channah S. Broyde, who works in the United States Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor. They have four children (Joshua, Aaron, Rachel and Deborah and (as of 2019) two grandchildren.
For a nice video introduction used in 2019 at Loyola, see here