Legal CLE Program

Restitution After WWII: Suing Hitler's Business PartnersRestitution After WWII

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 I 12pm PT

With Professor Michael Bazyler, Chapman University

Join the Holocaust Center for Humanity and legal professionals across Washington for a special legal program on restitution after WWII. 

1 Law and Legal Procedure Washington State Bar Credit Available


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The Holocaust was both the greatest mass murder and the greatest theft in modern history. This presentation 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 the latest Nazi-looted Holocaust case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2021 (Phillip v. Germany), for which the speaker co-authored an amicus brief. We will also touch upon efforts to use the Holocaust restitution model as a template for other suits involving historical atrocities, including African-American reparations. 

Michael Bazyler is a professor of law and the 1939 Law Scholar in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies at Chapman University. He has authored seven books and more than two dozen law review articles, book chapters, and essays on subjects covering Law and the Holocaust and restitution following genocide and other mass atrocities. 

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Thank you to our Lawyers Committee: Ruth Atherton | Marc Boman | Kathy Feldman | Christina MacDonald | Chuck Maduell | Jay Riffkin | Rob Spitzer | Jeff Sprung


October 6, 2021 CLE Lecture Readings

Restitution After WWII: Suing Hitler's Business Partners