The year 2018 marked the tenth anniversary of the Center for the Study of Law and Genocide at Loyola Law School. In that time, the Center has established itself as a meaningful presence on campus and in the wider community. Building on Loyola Law School’s mission and tradition of producing and promoting legal scholarship, training legal practitioners and community leaders, and fostering social justice, the Center has a two-fold mission:
- To promote legal scholarship on genocide and mass atrocities, with a particular focus on legal resources and remedies, both in the United States and internationally.
- To train current and future legal practitioners in both domestic and international legal mechanisms to hold perpetrators accountable and help survivors of genocide and mass atrocities achieve a measure of justice.
Meet the Directors
Stanley A. Goldman
Stanley A. Goldman is a Professor of Law and the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Genocide. His scholarship is principally in the area of criminal procedure, evidence, and genocide studies. Professor Goldman recently released a new book, Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream: The Bargain That Broke Adolf Hitler and Saved My Mother. The historical memoir documents evidence uncovered by Goldman that the release of his mother Malka from the Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbrück, Germany was the result of a secret negotiation between a Jewish envoy and Heinrich Himmler, Nazi interior minister and SS head. The epic tale uncovers a piece of history about the undermining of the Nazi regime, the women of the Holocaust and the nuanced relationship between a survivor and her son. (“If you only have time to read one book about the history of the holocaust make it this one” - Television Confidential)
Rajika L. Shah
Rajika L. Shah is the Deputy Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Genocide. In addition to clinical student supervision, she teaches the Law and Genocide course and organizes the Center’s conferences and events program. Prior to joining Loyola, Rajika was in private practice for many years, focusing on international human rights and Armenian genocide-related work. She has significant experience litigating complex and high-stakes disputes involving foreign sovereigns, federal agencies, and commercial entities. She also represented Libyan terrorist hijacking victims before the U.S. Foreign Claims Settlement Commission. Upon completing her legal studies, Rajika was involved in the creation and development of the international case law reporting service, Oxford Reports on International Law. Rajika received her LL.M. (Hons.) in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, her J.D. (magna cum laude) from Pepperdine University School of Law, and her B.A. in Comparative Religion from Oberlin College.
Rajika is the co-author, most recently, of Searching for Justice After the Holocaust: Fulfilling the Terezin Declaration and Immovable Property Restitution (Oxford University Press 2019). Other publications include “Assessing the Atrocities: Early Indications of Potential International Crimes Stemming from the 2017 Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis,” 41 Loy. L.A. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 181 (2018); and “The Making of California’s Art Recovery Statute: The Long Road to Section 338(c)(3),” 20 Chapman L. Rev. 1 (2017).