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Sunday, March 19 • 10:00 - 10:45
Raphael Lemkin: The Awkward Jewish Lawyer Who Coined the Term Genocide

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Though his name is not instantly recognizable, Raphael Lemkin is the man responsible for coining the term 'genocide' and drafting the international law against genocide. As a Jewish Pole born in the year 1900, Lemkin and his family witnessed some of the most tragic episodes of both human and Jewish history. As a child he had an odd fascination with death, destruction and languages (he spoke 9 and read 14), and this interest never quite diminished over time. A lawyer, academic, and human rights activist, Lemkin spent his entire, albeit short, life fighting for justice to ensure the crime of genocide was not perpetrated with impunity. Lemkin coined a phrase, and drafted internationally adopted legislation, but when it actually comes to the crime of genocide, where does that leave us all these years later? Has his legislation in fact brought people to justice? Has it stopped the crime from being perpetrated? And where does his story, as a son of Holocaust victims, fit into the wider narrative of Jewish history? This presentation will provide an overview of Lemkin's incredibly quirky life and try to shed light on the answers to some of these questions.

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Adam Hummel

Adam is a lawyer in Toronto, practising immigration law at Mamann, Sandaluk & Kingwell LLP. Prior to this firm, Adam practised general civil litigation in a boutique law firm in downtown Toronto. Adam has his B.A. (Hons.) in political science and history from York University and a J.D. from the law faculty at the University of Windsor. He spent a semester abroad at the law faculty of the Hebrew University while in law school.

Sunday March 19, 2017 10:00 - 10:45
G4 16th Floor

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