Lecture - Honorable Irwin Cotler

The Jewish Community Relations Council and the Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies at Washington University are pleased to announce a lecture by
 
The Honorable Irwin Cotler
 
Member of the Canadian Parliament, a law professor at McGill University and a long-time advocate in the international struggle against racism and discrimination of any kind.
 
September 22, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
Anheuser Busch Hall at Washington University
Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom
 
Professor Cotler has been at the forefront of the international struggle against apartheid and has worked to develop legal remedies against racism. An internationally renowned human rights lawyer, Professor Cotler served as counsel to former prisoners of conscience Andrei Sakharov, Nelson Mandela, Jacobo Timmerman and Muchtar Pakpahan.  He is Chair of InterAmicus, the International Human Rights Advocacy Centre based at McGill Law School, and Co-Chair of the Canadian Helsinki Watch Group.
 
Professor Cotler states,
 
“What we are witnessing today – which has been developing incrementally, almost imperceptibly, and sometimes indulgently, for some thirty years now – is a new, virulent, globalizing and even lethal anti-Jewishness reminiscent of the atmospherics of the 1930s, and without parallel or precedent since the end of the Second World War…The time has come to sound the alarm – not only for Israel and the Jewish people whose safety and security is under existential threat and attack – but for the world community and the human condition as a whole. For as history has taught us only too well, while the persecution and discrimination may begin with Jews, it doesn’t end with Jews.”

Sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis University School of Law, University of Missouri St. Louis Center for International Studies, Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies at Washington University
 
Supporting Organizations
American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress St. Louis Region, Anti-Defamation League, National Council for Community and Justice
 
Cooperating Organizations
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, Interfaith Partnership of Metropolitan St. Louis, Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library, St. Louis County Human Relations/Rights Commission

The public is welcome.  

Additional information:  Judy Hoffman or Cynthia Wachtel, 314.442-3716, or  Linda McClain, 314.935.7988.