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Konferenz in Berlin:
Tyranny, Justice & The Law: The Nazis and Beyond

The Touro Law Center in New York, the Freie University of Berlin and Touro's Institute on the Holocaust & Law would like to invite you to attend a conference in Berlin on "Tyranny, Justice & The Law: The Nazis and Beyond," July 7-10.

Attendance is free, except for meals and transportation, which are optional. There will be German-English translation for all sessions.

Topics include:

--Law Under the Swastika
--The Rule of Law in Germany: After the War
--Collaboration with Tyranny: A Round-Table Discussion
--The Nuremberg Transition: Crime, Punishment and the International Protection of Basic Human Rights
--The Responsibility of Nations: The Holocaust as Precedent for Redress
--The Individual and the State: Democracy Under Attack, A Roundtable Discussion
--The Task for International Justice

Among the speakers are:
--Israeli Supreme Court Justice Gabriel Bach (a member of the Eichmann prosecution team in Jerusalem)
-- Canadian Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbour (former Chief Prosecutor for the International Court in The Hague)
--Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper, U.S. Amb. for War Crimes
--Dr. Israel Singer, World Jewish Congress
--Abraham Foxman, Anti-Defamation League
- Herr Walter Momper, President of the Berlin Parliament.

Please RSVP by e-mail to this address tourowannsee@aol.com or to wannsee@tourolaw.edu

Please include your

Telephone (day and eve)
E-mail address
Your organization or professional affiliation, if relevant.

The staff at Touro College of Law will confirm your registration.

Seminar program below

Tyranny, Justice & The Law: The Nazis and Beyond
An International Seminar, July 7-10, Berlin

Sponsored by: Touro College of Law, New York, Free University of Berlin and the Institute on the Holocaust and the Law

Wannsee Seminar in Berlin, Germany is first international conference to examine the role of lawyers and judges during the Third Reich




10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Seminar Registration –Grand Hyatt Berlin, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 2

Wannsee Revisited: The Role of the Lawyer

Assemble for buses at 4:30 PM - Lobby Grand Hyatt Berlin
5:30 - 7:30 PM Opening Session
Orientation, Tour & Reception: House of the Wannsee - Conference Memorial and
Educational Site, Am Großen Wannsee 56-58

Reception at Sanssouci Restaurant

Greetings: Hon. Sol Wachtler, Chair
Prof. Dr. Peter Gaehtgens, President, Freie Universität, Berlin
Dr. Bernard Lander, President, Touro College

The Myth of Wannsee

Welcome and Tour of Wannsee Villa: Dr. Norbert Kampe, Executive
Director, Wannsee Villa: Dr. Wolf Kaiser, Director of Education

Profile of a Lawyer at the Infamous Wannsee Conference

Lecture by Hans-Christian Jasch , Humboldt University.
A profile of Wilhelm Stuckart, Undersecretary of State and the
Wannsee delegate of the Reich Ministry of the Interior. Wilhelm
Stuckart was a legislative drafter of the Nuremberg Laws and coauthor
of a commentary on German racial legislation, legislation
that represented “a revolutionary break from Germany’s past concepts
of individual rights and freedoms.”


Opening session sponsored by
The Abraham Goldstein and Lillie Goldstein Foundation

Morning Plenary Session

Berlin Parliament

Abgeordnetenhaus Berlin, Niederkirchnerstraße 5


9:00 - 9:30 AM Welcome

Dr. Bernard Lander, President, Touro College
Howard A. Glickstein, Dean, Touro Law Center
Prof. Hubert Rottleuthner, Law Faculty, Freie Universität Berlin
Walter Momper, President, Berlin Parliament

9:30 - 11:00 AM

Law Under the Swastika

A discussion of the German legal system with a focus on the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich. This session will examine the collective behavior of the legal community that led to the taking of power by the Nationalist Socialist regime. Special attention will be paid to the question of moral responsibility: can lawyers and judges be held accountable as individuals for sanctioning tyranny, legalizing genocide and destroying democracy?

Prof. Hubert Rottleuthner, Law Faculty, Freie Universität Berlin
Dr. William Meinecke, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Prof. Omer Bartov, Brown University
Moderator: Prof. Lawrence Newman, Columbia University

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

The Rule of Law in Germany: After the War

This panel discussion will examine what happened to the legal community after 1945. In addition to the question of continuity, topics will include denazification/renazification, criminal trials for Nazi atrocities and trials against former judges. A look at the legislative initiatives, with an in-depth examination of the changes in the law immediately after 1945, e.g., rebuilding the court system, amnesties, Grundgesetz, reintegration of former civil servants, reparations, etc.

Prof. C. Frits Rüter, Amsterdam Univ.
Prof. Christian Joerges, European University Institute
Moderator: Prof. Sibylle Quack, Executive Director, Memorial to the Murdered
Jews of Europe, Berlin

Commentator: Prof. Hubert Rottleuthner

1:00 - 2:30 PM LUNCHEON Hyatt Hotel

The Task of Building a Democratic Legal System to Effectuate Human Dignity
Introduction: Judge Dietrich Mahlo, Berlin Constitutional Court

Keynote: Prof. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, German Federal Minister of Justice

Afternoon Plenary Session

Staatsbibilothek zu Berlin, Potsdamer Straße 33

3:15 - 4:15 PM

Morality and the Holocaust

This panel will focus on the moral legacy of the Holocaust. What are the moral implications for today’s lawyers and judges who are entrusted to uphold the rule of law? What can we expect of the legal community in a society where there are preconditions for tyranny and genocide?

Prof. David Luban, Georgetown University Law Center
Dr. David Marwell, Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the
Dr. Patricia Heberer, U.S. Holocaust Museum
Moderator: Friedrich Tobias Schöne, Esq., Hogan & Hartson Raue

4:15 - 5:30 PM

Collaboration with Tyranny: A Round-Table Discussion

Can a lawyer or judge be blamed for cooperating with a tyrannical government when resistance would mean professional and personal degradation — or worse?

Prof. Luban; Prof. Rottleuthner; Prof. Bartov; Prof. Joerges; Dr. Meinecke;
Dr. Marwell; Dr. Heberer

Moderator: Judge Sol Wachtler, Touro Law Center

Evening Session

Berlin Hyatt Hotel, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 2

7:00 - 10:00 PM Reception and Dinner

Human Dignity and the Constitution

Introduction: Gary M. Shaw, Vice-Dean, Touro Law Center;
Prof. Jochen A. Frowein, Max Planck Inst. Int’l. L., Heidelberg


9:00 - 10:30 AM

The Nuremberg Transition: Crime, Punishment and the International Protection of Basic Human Rights

The movement for the international protection of human rights is directly linked to the Holocaust. The shocked comprehension of the enormity and egregiousness of the Nazis’ genocidal programs shaped international lawmaking in the late 1940’s. This session will examine the legacy of Nuremberg, including questions of jurisdiction, abduction of offenders, a discussion of prosecutions for crimes against humanity and the implications of establishing an International Criminal Court. There will be a special focus on human rights issues in the post Cold War era, especially the Ad Hoc International
Criminal Tribunals.

Greetings: Prof. Philip Kunig, Dean of the Law Faculty, Freie Universität
Justice Gabriel Bach, Israeli Supreme Court
Justice Louise Arbour, Canadian Supreme Court
Prof. Michael Biddiss, University of Reading, England
Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper, U.S. Amb. for War Crimes
Moderator: Prof. Keith Nunes, Inst. on the Holocaust & The Law

10:45 am - 12:00 PM

The Responsibility of Nations: The Holocaust as Precedent for Redress

Catalyzed by the Holocaust and accelerated by the end of the Cold War, nations face increased pressure, both domestically and internationally, to admit conspicuously offensive historical injustices. The legacy of slavery, colonialism, the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, and the theft and plunder of cultural property under cover of war have all been the subject of claims for reparations. This session will examine how the just and ethical claims of Jews have served as a paradigm for parallel efforts to seek and achieve redress for severe wrongdoing.

Prof. Ruth Wedgwood, Yale Law School
Prof. Elazar Barkan, Claremont Graduate University
Dr. Israel Singer, World Jewish Congress
Abraham Foxman, Anti-Defamation League
Moderator: Prof. Christian Tomuschat, Humboldt University

12:30 - 2:00 PM LUNCHEON Hyatt Hotel

State Responses to Genocides

Speaker: Amb. Herbert S. Okun, U.S. Ambassador Emeritus

Afternoon Plenary Session

Formal Courtroom at the Kammergericht,

Elßholzstr. 30-33

3:00 - 4:15 PM

The Individual and the State: Democracy Under Attack, A Roundtable Discussion

This discussion will focus on the preservation of democracy and individual liberties when nations are threatened. A democratic government must intervene when its integrity is threatened, but the suspension of civil liberties and judicial process is destructive. Must a government out-terrorize the terrorists? Should governments have unfettered powers to determine when an emergency exists and take whatever actions they deem appropriate?

Prof. Biddiss; Prof. Tomuschat; Prof. Frowein; Prof. Barkan;
Prof. Wedgwood, Mr. Foxman
Moderator: Dean Howard A. Glickstein

4:30 - 5:30 PM

The Task for International Justice

Introduction: Prof. Barbara Swartz, Touro Law Center

Speaker: Justice Louise Arbour, Canadian Supreme Court & Former Chief
Prosecutor, ICTY, The Hague

Evening Session

7:30 - 10:00 PM

Reception and Remembrance Dinner Hyatt Hotel

The Road Ahead as a Light Unto the Nations

Dr. Bernard Lander, President, Touro College
Reflections on the Holocaust and the Eichmann
Trial: Inspiration for a New International Morality

Keynote: Justice Gabriel Bach


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Jewish Museum, Lindenstraße 9-14

Private Tour Hosted by Hon. W. Michael Blumenthal

12:00 - 1:00 PM LUNCHEON Jewish Museum

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum

Dr. Gunter Morsch, Director

Assembly of Rabbis led by Rabbi Y. Ehrenberg, Berlin Jewish Community

Assembly of Lawyers and Judges

Candle Lighting Ceremony and Prayer

Issuance of Final Commemorative Statement

To register by fax in Berlin: (030) 8470 7402. For more information about
the conference, you may call (USA) 001 631-421-2244 ext. 316. You may also
contact us by email at wannsee@tourolaw.edu or visit our website

 hagalil.com / 05-07-2002


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