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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has prompted questions about how wartime atrocities can be addressed in the modern age. Using lessons from Nuremberg and subsequent trials, this event will explore how crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide are investigated and prosecuted. Our experts will examine the history of this important issue to determine lessons for the ongoing conflict.
This is an in-person event, held at Chicago-Kent.
Michael Bazyler is professor of law and the 1939 Law Scholar in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies. He is holder of previous fellowships at Harvard Law School and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. In fall 2006, he was a Research Fellow at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem (The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority of Israel) and the holder of the Baron Friedrich Carl von Oppenheim Chair for the Study of Racism, Antisemitism and the Holocaust. Before joining Chapman in 2008, he was a professor for 25 years at Whittier Law School. He received his B.A. from UCLA and his JD from USC.
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. His work has been published in such journals as The University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Kansas Law Review, Arizona Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, University of Richmond Law Review, Stanford Journal of International Law, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, and Fordham Journal of International Law.
Over his 30-plus years teaching law, Professor Bazyler has been a visiting professor at various law schools in the United States, Australia, Russia, Belarus and Israel, teaching Comparative Law, Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, International Business Litigation, International Business Transactions, Criminal Law, Torts, and a course he created entitled Holocaust, Genocide and the Law.
In spring 2007, Professor Bazyler held the position of Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law, teaching Comparative Law and Holocaust, Genocide and the Law. He is a leading authority on the use of American and European courts to redress genocide and other historical wrongs. Professor Bazyler co-authored Forgotten Trials of the Holocaust (New York University Press, 2014, softcover 2015) with Frank M. Tuerkheimer, reviewed in the New York Review of Books. His book, Holocaust Justice: The Battle for Restitution in America's Courts (New York University Press, 2003, softcover 2005), was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and reviewed in the Harvard Law Review, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times (London), and The Economist. He is a contributor of chapters to various books on genocide and the law, and the co-editor/author with Roger Alford of Holocaust Restitution: Perspectives on the Litigation and Its Legacy (New York University Press, 2006; softcover 2007).
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. He has also been interviewed by CNN, 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, Dateline NBC, ABC News, Voice of America, the Australian Broadcasting Company, National Public Radio and the BBC. Bazyler has also delivered the Austin Owen Annual Lecture at the University of Richmond, the Feibel Family Annual Lecture at Ohio State University and the Einspruch Annual Lecture at the University of Texas, Dallas.
He is presently working on his Ph.D. at the University of Englangen-Nuremberg in Germany.
Professor Hull earned his B.A. from The Citadel, M.A. from Jacksonville State University, Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland/University College Cork, and J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law. He is a licensed attorney and member of the Alabama, San Francisco, and American Bar Associations. Dr. Hull is also an elected Fellow of Royal Historical Society. Commissioned as an armor officer in 1984 after graduation from The Citadel, Dr. Hull served on active duty in Germany with 3/63 Armor (3ID), then the United States Army Reserve, and voluntarily returned to active duty (as a Military Intelligence officer) in 2006 when assigned to a Military Transition Team (MiTT) in Iraq from 2006-7. He has written two books: Irish Secrets: German Espionage in Wartime Ireland (2003) and Masquerade: Treason, Holocaust, and an Irish Imposter (2017) in addition to many articles on history and aspects of international criminal law. A frequent speaker at national and international venues, Dr. Hull focuses on war crimes prosecution, international law, and the relationship between the law of war and military operations. He was selected at the 2015-16 DMH Instructor of the Year. He is currently working on a Doctorate of Law with Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen-Nürnberg.
John Geiringer is a Partner at the law firm of Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP. As the Regulatory Section Leader of the Firm’s Financial Institutions Group, John concentrates his practice on regulatory, governance, and investigative matters involving financial institutions.
He is a frequent speaker and author in the financial institutions area on issues surrounding banking regulations, examinations, and enforcement actions. John teaches banking law and regulation at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Graduate Program in Financial Services Law and serves on the board of advisors of its Institute for Compliance. He is the co-editor of the two-volume edition, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions, in which he wrote a chapter on bank enforcement issues, and is the co-author of the chapter “Bank Examination and Enforcement” in The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers (2017). John is a vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee and a past chairman of its Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee and its Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Subcommittee. He also is a former chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Committee.
John also devotes significant time to Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering issues. He is on the advisory board of the Anti-Money Laundering Association and is the president of its Midwest Chapter. He has frequently lectured on the subject, including at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies, Boston University School of Law, and Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he serves as a co-director of its Center for National Security and Human Rights Law (and its Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law). John serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Master of Arts in Financial Integrity (MAFI) Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is the editor and author of a chapter in the upcoming book, Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Law and Policy, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
Prior to joining the Firm in 1999, John was both a bank regulator and a compliance consultant. He served as legal counsel for the Illinois bank regulatory agency. John also obtained practical experience with respect to bank operations and compliance issues as a regulatory consultant with a regional accounting firm, performing compliance reviews and training for a variety of financial institutions.
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