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Reicher Named to Holocaust Memorial Council
PRESIDENT BUSH HAS NAMED Harry Reicher to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the governing body of the United States Holocaust Museum. Created by an act of Congress, the Museum is America’s national institution for Holocaust education and remembrance. Reicher will complete the remainder of a five-year term that expires in January 2008.

Reicher, an adjunct professor at Penn Law, pioneered the academic field of Holocaust Law. In his work, which revolves around his course, Law and the Holocaust, Reicher synthesizes comparative law, jurisprudence, conflicts of law and international law to examine the Nazi philosophy of law and how it was used to pervert Germany’s legal system, in order to eliminate groups of people. He also studies the role of international law in bringing Nazi war criminals to justice.

His appointment, Reicher said, is “remarkable recognition” of the novel and significant work being done in Holocaust Law at the Law School, and called it a “team effort.”

As a barrister in Australia and England, Reicher has prepared and argued landmark human rights cases before a range of courts and tribunals, including the High Court of Australia. As director of international affairs and representative to the United Nations of Agudath Israel World Organization from 1995 to 2004, he also worked on issues concerning Holocaust-era restitution, reparations and compensation. He was a principal co-author of a major brief on the Swiss Bank settlement case.

In addition, he has taught a number of international law and taxation courses at law schools in the United States and Australia, and is the editor of Australian International Law: Cases and Materials, the first indigenous Australian casebook on international law.

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