Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism : Birkbeck University of London
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Defining and Conceptualising Antisemitism

Institutions and the Law

Speakers: Jonathan Boyd, Institute for Jewish Policy Research; Sir Terence Etherton, Lord Justice of Appeal; Dr David Hirsh, Goldsmiths, University of London; Dr Paul Iganski, Lancaster University; Antony Lerman, Honorary Fellow, University of Southampton; and Dave Rich, Community Security Trust
Date: Fri, Sep. 28, 2012
Time: All Day
Venue: Central London location
By invitation only: Please e-mail Jan Davison for more information:

This one-day event will be the first of a series of exploratory workshops on how we define and conceive antisemitism and will focus on these issues in the context of institutions and the law.

In the course of the workshop we intend to explore: the changing and contested definitions of antisemitism in European Union institutions; the concept and definition of hate crime in relation to Jews; the relationship of the law on race relations and religious and racial hatred to the Jews; and how Jewish communal organisations and activist groups define and comprehend antisemitism.

Defining and Conceptualising Antisemitism: Institutions and the Law

Session One

Antony Lerman (Honorary Fellow, University of Southampton)
The European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Antisemitism's Working Definition of antisemitism: its origins, impact and flaws

Jonathan Boyd (Institute for Jewish Policy Research)
The Fundamental Rights Agency - survey on discrimination and hate crime against Jews: origins and objectives 

Session Two

Dave Rich (Community Security Trust)
Identifying antisemitism: the approach of the Community Security Trust 

Dr David Hirsh (Goldsmiths, University of London)   
The concept of institutional antisemitism and characterisation of antisemitic acts

Session Three

Dr Paul Iganski (Lancaster University)
The concept and definition of 'hate crime' in relation to Jews 

Sir Terence Etherton (Lord Justice of Appeal)
Antisemitism, Jews and the law

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