CSLG Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief

CSLG Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Holocaust Restitution Cases with Help from Genocide Justice Clinic Students

The Center for the Study of Law and Genocide is proud to have submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on October 29, 2020 supporting the plaintiffs in two Holocaust property restitution cases: Simon v. Republic of Hungary and Philipp v. Federal Republic of Germany.

In these cases, the Court will determine whether Germany and Hungary can be haled into United States courts to answer claims for compensation by the heirs of Hungarian Holocaust victims and Jewish art dealers. The CSLG's brief, filed with fellow amici The 1939 Society, Prof. Michael Bazyler, Bet Tzedek, and The Holocaust Education Center in the Desert, highlights the disturbing historical and legal revisionism in Germany and Hungary's positions.

Several current and former students from the Loyola Genocide Justice Clinic contributed valuable research, scouring the full breadth of domestic, international, and foreign law sources to help craft the discussion.

This work is consistent with the Center's longstanding tradition of Holocaust-related scholarship, including Founding Director and Professor of Law Stanley Goldman’s book, Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream: The Bargain That Broke Adolf Hitler and Saved My Mother (2018). LGJC Clinical Director and CSLG Deputy Director Rajika Shah has written about both Simon and Philipp on several occasions (including her chapter in the forthcoming Oxford University Press publication, Postgenocide: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Effects of Genocide), and quickly assembled the amicus team after the Court granted certiorari.

The two cases are No. 18-1447 (Simon) and 19-351 (Philipp). 

CSLG and Jewish World Watch hosted a discussion of these cases on November 17. On December 7, the day of the Supreme Court oral arguments, CSLG also hosted a listening session to discuss and comment on the court’s proceedings that day.


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