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Utah Law Review Symposium – The Bystander Dilemma: The Holocaust, War Crimes, And Sexual Assaults

March 31, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Photo: Deportation of Baden-Baden Jews

Utah Law Review Symposium
At the S.J. Quinney College of Law

The Bystander Dilemma:
The Holocaust, War Crimes, And Sexual Assaults

Watch live and in the YouTube archive »

8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
guiora-crime-of-complicity-coverPast, present, and future, the world is full of opportunities for bystanders to take meaningful action to prevent horrific crimes.  Yet, far too often bystanders remain complacent. In Nazi Germany, an untold number of bystanders watched as millions were subjected to the most heinous treatment in the history of the modern world. Today, bystanders have an opportunity to prevent atrocities from being thrust onto victims. Whether they are refugees from Syria or college freshmen on our own campuses, bystanders have an opportunity to act; yet, they often choose not to.

Inspired by University of Utah College of Law Professor Amos Guiora’s forthcoming book, The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust, the Utah Law Review is pleased to announce its 2016/2017 Symposium: The Bystander Dilemma: The Holocaust, War Crimes, And Sexual Assaults. The symposium will critically examine the legal and moral obligations of bystanders. The symposium will be held throughout the day on March 31st, 2017.

The symposium will first consider bystanders during the Holocaust. No other tragedy can highlight the bystander dilemma like the Holocaust, because so many individuals had an opportunity to act; but most failed. The Holocaust panel will be composed of leading academics, professionals, and theologians to address the bystander dilemma and provide a context for the remainder of the symposium.

The following two panels will consider the bystander dilemma in the context of modern day War Crimes and sexual assaults. These panels, also, will be led by leading academics and professionals. For a complete list of the distinguished speakers contributing to the symposium, please see the attached enclosure.

S.J. Quinney College of Law Dean and Jefferson B. and Rita E. Forham Presidential Professor Robert Adler will provide opening remarks. A keynote address will be given by University Professor and Professor of Law Jeremy Waldon  of New York University.

The symposium is open to the public and all are invited and encouraged to join. Furthermore, the distinguished speakers will publish articles in a symposium issue of the Utah Law Review. The symposium issue will include an article written by Harvard Law School Dean and Morgan and Helen Chu Professor of Law Martha Minow.

4.5 hours of CLE (pending). Lunch provided. Free and open to the public. This event will be streamed live on the S.J. Quinney College of Law YouTube Channel »


8:00 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00 a.m. – Introductory Remarks

9:00-10:15 a.m. – The Bystander During the Holocaust
Dr. Victoria Barnett, Professor Robert Goldberg, Reverend Doctor John C. Lentz, Jr.
Moderated by Professor James Holbrook

10:15-10:30 a.m. – Break

10:30-11:45 a.m. – The Bystander During War Crimes
Mr. David Schwendiman, Mr. Henry Korn, Professor Laurie Blank
Moderated by Professor Wayne McCormack

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch

12:30-1:10 p.m. – Keynote address
Professor Jeremy Waldron

1:10-1:30 p.m. – Break

1:30-3:00 p.m. – The Bystander During Sexual Assaults
Professor Sarah Deer, Ms. Wendy Murphy, Ms. DeAnn Tilton, Ms. Brenda Tracy
Moderated by Professor Louisa Heiny


Keynote Speaker:
Professor Jeremy Waldron
University Professor and Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Holocaust Panel:
Dr. Victoria Barnett
Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Program on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust

Professor Robert Goldberg
Director of Tanner Humanities Center, History, University Utah and Professor, History, University Utah

The Reverend Doctor John C. Lentz, Jr.
Pastor and Head of Staff of the Forest Hill Church

War Crimes Panel:
Mr. David Schwendiman
Lead Prosecutor for the European Union’s Special Investigative Task Force

Mr. Henry H. Korn
Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, Southern District of New York (1976-1981)

Professor Laurie Blank
Clinical Professor of Law, Emory Law

Sexual Assault Panel:
Professor Sarah Deer
Co-Director, Indian Law Program, Professor of Law Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Ms. Wendy Murphy
Adjunct Professor of Sexual Violence Law, New England Law

Ms. DeAnn Tilton
M.S., Human Development and Social Policy, survivor of sexual violence and founder of Talk to a Survivor

Ms. Brenda Tracy
Registered Nurse, MBA, Sexual assault survivor, advocate, citizen lobbyist

Written Contributions:
Dean Martha Minow
Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, Harvard Law School


This event is sponsored by the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the Utah State Bar Litigation Section.

For questions contact Miriam (801) 585-3479.

Free parking is available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium. We encourage you to use public transportation to our events. Take TRAX University line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block north. For other public transit options use UTA’s Trip Planner. The law school is on the Red Route for the University’s free campus shuttles (College of Law stop).


March 31, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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