Professor Michael Bazyler: “Suing Hitler’s Willing Business Partners in America’s Courts: The Unfinished Legacy of World War II”

Location: Zoom

About the Event

Please join the Institute for Transnational Law for a distinguished lecture by Professor Michael Bazyler. This guest lecture will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, from 2:40-3:55 pm Central Time over Zoom.

The Holocaust was both the greatest mass murder and the greatest theft in history. This lecture will discuss how America’s civil justice system provided a measure of long overdue justice to Holocaust victims and heirs. We examine claims for return of Nazi looted art, stolen Jewish real property in Europe, Holocaust-era insurance policies, slave labor and bank deposits held by Swiss banks. Our focus will be on both past and ongoing litigation, including 2 Holocaust restitution cases currently  before the U.S. Supreme Court (Simon v. Hungary; Phillip v. Germany), for which the speaker is co-authoring amicus briefs.

Registration Information

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Speaker Bio

Professor Michael Bazyler is a professor of law and the 1939 Society Law Scholar in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies in the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University. Professor Bazyler is the author of seven books and more than two dozen law review articles, book chapters and essays on subjects covering Law and the Holocaust, restitution following genocide and other mass atrocities, public international law, international human rights law, and international trade law and comparative law.  He is a leading authority on the use of American and European courts to redress genocide and other historical wrongs. His book, Holocaust, Genocide and the Law: A Quest for Justice in a Post-Holocaust World (Oxford University Press) is a winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award.  His writings have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and he has testified in Congress before the House Reform Committee on the subject of Holocaust restitution.

Event series: Distinguished Lecture