Panel Event and Reception

"Crisis in Syria: The Human Face"

March 24,2014

6-8pm | Jacob Burns Moot Court Room

The Syrian conflict has resulted in one of the largest humanitarian crises in decades: over 2.5 million refugees, more than 4.2 million internally displaced persons, and 33,335 asylum seekers. Please join the Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Program for a panel discussion about the human impact of the conflict and the particular challenges faced by women, children, refugees, humanitarian agencies, as well as opposition parties seeking to establish a democratic Syria.


Eleanor Acer, Refugee Protection Director, Human Rights First
Oubai Shahbandar, Senior Advisor to the Syrian Opposition Coalition
Sandra Krause, Reproductive Health Program Director, Women's Refugee Commission

Moderator, Professor Sheri P. Rosenberg, Cardozo Law

TO RSVP, please send an email to or leave a message at (212) 790-0363.


Report Launch

"A Common Standard for Applying the Responsibility to Protect"

A Report by Cardozo Law School's Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Program

On October 7, 2013, the Cardozo Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Program, with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, launched a Report & Policy Brief in New York entitled “A Common Standard for Applying the Responsibility to Protect.” The Report seeks to advance the implementation of the R2P principle by elaborating on how one of its key elements – prevention – can be operationalized by international society.

The Report—based upon the results of a multi-staged research study led by Professor Sheri P. Rosenberg with significant input from Ekkehard Strauss—clarifies and addresses the normative concerns embedded within R2P through: 1) systematically developing a common R2P standard (the “Standard”) to assess incoming information related to R2P; 2) coherently developing guiding principles for the application of the Standard; and 3) rigorously assessing the benefits of, and challenges to, adopting a common standard.  Ultimately, the Report concludes that the development of this common Standard will:

  • Promote the full continuum of R2P action. The standard is adapted specifically to address R2P’s normative preventive concerns in addition to its late-stage concerns.

  • Enhance legitimacy. A unified common standard adds a level of transparency and credibility to R2P;

  • Reduce uncertainty. The standard will reduce the depth and duration of debate centering on early to mid-term application of R2P.

The Report sets forth the application standard, along with the research methodology, development and construction of the Standard and the guiding principles for operationalization. The researchers pursued academic rigor, while at the same time consulting with relevant policymakers at all levels of international society, in order to ground the articulated standard in real world policy and practice. The standard and related principles are intended to be utilized by States, international and regional organizations, civil society, academia and other actors called upon to determine the relevance of applying an R2P framework to the real risk of a given situation.

We encourage all interested stakeholders to make active use of this Report. And please contact us with your feedback at


Download full Report  A Common Standard for Applying the Responsibility to Protect_Full Report.pdf

Download Policy Brief  A Common Standard for Applying the Responsibility to Protect_Policy Brief.pdf




Blood Libel Conference

November 14, 2013 from 8:30am to 5:30pm 

November 15, 2013 from 9:00am to 12:30pm

Jacob Burns Moot Court Room

On Nov.14-15, the Program on Holocaust Human Rights Studies and the Law & Humanities Institute will sponsor a conference on the tragic history of the "Blood Libel", in which Jews have been accused across the millennia of killing Christian children to use their blood in the Passover ritual. Originating in England early in the second millennium, the libel spread eastward to Russia, and it is not unknown in the United States and Canada.  One of the most infamous of these libels was the Mendel Beilis case in the waning days of Tsarist Russia, and it is the 100th anniversary of the near-miraculous acquittal of Beilis that occasionalizes this conference. The scholarly centerpiece of our discussions will be Hannah R. Johnson's influential recent book, BLOOD LIBEL, a complex history of the phenomenon, and Prof. Johnson of the U. of Pittsburgh will speak; the literary centerpiece will be Bernhard Malamud's fictional rendering of the Beilis case, THE FIXER , which will be discussed widely by various speakers. Panelists include the grandson of Beilis and attorney Jeremy Garber, who have a major bone to pick with the novel; Prof. Vivian Curran of the U. of Pittsburgh Law School; Prof. David Fraser of the U. of Nottingham (UK); Prof. Jeffrey Mehlman of Boston U.; Prof. Harriet Murav of the U. of Illinois; Prof. Sanford Levinson of U. Texas Law School; and Prof. Richard Weisberg of Cardozo.

For further details and to reserve for the symposium, contact Johanna Rubbert at




Blood Libel_Nov 14-15.pdf


Report Launch

A Common Standard for Applying the Responsibility to Protect

October 7, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:15pm

Room 9204, 9th Floor, CUNY Graduate Center 

Professor Sheri Rosenberg, Director of Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Program at Cardozo Law School
Ms. Jette Michelsen, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations
Commentator: Mr. Adama Dieng, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide
Moderator: Dr. Simon Adams, Executive Director, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Recent Publications

Eric Freedman and Richard Weisberg, The Haennig-Nordmann Papers: Two Lawyers in Occupied France, New York, Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Program, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2013.