Chaim Saiman

Professor of Law


Chaim Saiman is a scholar of Jewish law, insurance law and private law. His scholarship has appeared in journals including, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and the Journal of Law and Religion. Professor Saiman has served as the Gruss Visiting Professor of Talmudic Law at both Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and as the William Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University. He has been the Jewish law editor for the Journal of Law and Religion and serves as an editor for the American Journal of Comparative Law. He has also visited at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan Law Faculty, and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. His book titled, Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, which will be published by Princeton University Press in 2018.

Professor Saiman received his B.S. from Georgia State University, and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. He has also completed graduate Talmudic and Biblical studies at Yeshivat Har Etzion and undergraduate Talmudic and Biblical studies at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavne in Israel. Prior to joining the faculty at Villanova, he served as an Olin Fellow at Harvard Law School, a Golieb Fellow in legal history at NYU Law School, as a law clerk to Judge Michael McConnell on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and a corporate associate with the frim Cleary Gottlieb in New York. At Villanova, Professor Saiman teaches Contracts, Insurance Law, Insurance Coverage Disputes, Jewish Law and Legislation.

Practice Experience

  • Judicial Clerk to Michael McConnell, United States Court of Appeals (10th Circuit)
  • Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton (New York)
  • Joined the faculty in 2006
Professor Chaim Saiman

Office: Rm 339, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-3296


Courses and Seminars

  • Contracts
  • Insurance Law
  • Advanced Insurance Seminar
  • Jewish Law
  • Legislation


  • Columbia University School of Law, JD
  • Georgia State University, BA
  • Yeshivat Har Etzion
  • Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavne