LAW 956

Legal Holocaust in Hitler's Europe

This course examines the development of racial laws during WWII in France, Germany, and the British Channel Islands. We will use original documents and actual statutes and cases to understand how what was once legally grotesque became "law" in these places. We will then fast forward a half century to the time when victims or their heirs began bringing restitution lawsuits in US federal courts, a development that continues to this day, the instructor being one of the plaintiffs' lawyers in a half dozen such cases, including a pending matter in the Seventh Circuit. Thus the course examines historical material as well as complex contemporary questions under US federal law and standards of professional ethics. Richard Weisberg, Floersheimer Prof. of Constitutional Law, Cardozo Law School, is the author of VICHY LAW AND THE HOLOCAUST IN FRANCE (NYU Press, 1996). He was awarded the French Legion of Honor for "his work on behalf of the human rights of victims of the Vichy regime".

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