Sheri Rosenberg

Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Human Rights and Genocide Clinic
Director, Program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies

B.A., 1989, New York University
J.D., 1994, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
LL.M., 2003, Columbia University

Professor Rosenberg has worked in the areas of civil rights and international human rights with a specific focus on issues of discrimination, equality and genocide. In addition to working with several human rights organizations and the United Nations, she was a civil rights litigator in private practice and an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department. In 2000, the U.S. Department of State selected Professor Rosenberg to be one of two U.S. lawyers to work for the Human Rights Chamber in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. The Human Rights Chamber is a quasi-international court established under the Dayton Peace Agreement. There she developed and coordinated the case work of the Court and authored judicial opinions in a number of significant cases in the area of international human rights, including, property repossession and non-discrimination. Additionally, she trained local lawyers and judges in human rights law. Thereafter, she was awarded a Human Rights Fellowship at Columbia University where she worked for the United Nations, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Policy Branch and completed her LL.M.

Richard H. Weisberg
Walter Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law and Founding Director, Program for Holocaust and Human Rights Studies

B.A., 1965, Brandeis University
Ph.D., 1970, Cornell University
J.D., 1974, Columbia University

Professor Weisberg, a professor at Cardozo since 1977, is involved in theoretical and litigation-oriented approaches to the subject of his book Vichy Law and the Holocaust in France. He has pioneered the worldwide "Law and Literature" movement and is the author of The Failure of the Word; When Lawyers Write and Poethics: And Other Strategies of Law and Literature. An editor of the Columbia Law Review, he was associated with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Professor Weisberg was a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Society for the Humanities of Cornell University, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1998, he was named a Guggenheim Fellow for his study of the privatization of public discourse. From 1979 to 1986, he was president of the Law and Humanities Institute and has been its chair since 1987. In 1983, he became chair of the law and humanities section of the American Association of Law Schools. Professor Weisberg is also the founding editor of Law and Literature.


The Program supports an international faculty of scholars who rotate through the Program for both semester visits and three-week stays.

Thane Rosenbaum
Visiting Professor of Holocaust and Law and Law and Literature

B.A., 1981, University of Florida
M.P.A., 1983, Columbia University
J.D., 1986, University of Miami

Professor Rosenbaum visits Cardozo from Fordham University School of Law. He is an award-winning writer whose novel, The Golems of Gotham, was chosen by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the top books of 2002. In 1999, his book Second Hand Smoke was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and his novel-in-stories, Elijah Visible, garnered the 1996 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for the best book of Jewish-American fiction. Professor Rosenbaum's most recent work is The Myth of Moral Justice: Why Our Legal System Fails to Do What's Right. His articles, reviews and essays frequently appear in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and other national publications. Professor Rosenbaum received the Harvey T. Reid Scholarship to attend the University of Miami School of Law, where he was the editor-in-chief of the University of Miami Law Review. Following graduation, he clerked for Judge Eugene Spellman of the U.S. District Court in Miami and subsequently accepted a position with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. At Cardozo he teaches Human Rights, the Holocaust and Law, and Law and Literature.

Eric Freedman
Visiting Professor of European Legal Systems

B.A. Honors, 1965, Durham University, UK
Ph.D., 1970, Cornell University

Since 1986, Professor Freedman has been teaching international negotiation in both the law and humanities faculties at the Université d'Orléans. In 2001 he was named a research consultant to the Wiesenthal Center Europe, working on the Drai Commission, a government appointed body charged with resolving Holocaust-related claims in France. Professor Freedman has written extensively on applied linguistics, negotiating, literary and film criticism, as well as law and literature for such publications as the Annals of the Romanian Academy, Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature, Europe, and Screen. His most recent papers include "La philosophie de Chestov dans le theatre de Fondane," "Le Concept du gouffre," and "Is the French Commission on Holocaust-era Spoliation Indemnification a Conciliation Commission?" From 1976 to 2002, he was the educational and training director at the French Institute of Management in Paris. Prior to that he taught French studies at Cornell University and Middlebury College. Professor Freedman attended the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom and the Sorbonne in Paris, France. He completed his postgraduate research at Cornell University.

William Schabas
Visiting Professor of International Criminal Law

B.A., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Toronto
L.L.B., Univesity of Montreal
L.L.M., University of Montreal
L.L.D., University of Montreal

William Schabas is the Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he also holds the chair in human rights law. He is the author of 18 monographs and more than 170 articles in academic journals on international human rights law, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the Criminal Law Forum. Professor Schabas is legal counsel to Amnesty International Ireland, Chair for the International Institute for Criminal Investigation, and a board member of numerous international human rights organizations.  In 1998 he was awarded the Bora Laskin Research Fellowship in Human Rights by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 2002 the President of Sierra Leone appointed Professor Schabas to the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, upon the recommendation of Mary Robinson, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.