Antisemitism and the Law: A Round-table Discussion

Event date: 11 May 2011
Council Room, Birkbeck College
University of London
London WC1

Disciplining Antisemitism Series:

Antisemitism and the Law


Round-table discussion:

  • Professor Didi Herman (University of Kent)
  • Professor Maleiha Malik (Kings College London)
  • Dr David Seymour (University of Lancaster)

The role religion and race play in determining judicial thinking in England today will be explored in this round-table discussion. It will take as its starting point, Didi Herman’s ground-breaking new book, An Unfortunate Coincidence: Jews, Jewishness and English Law. This examines how English judges depict Jews in the 20th and 21st centuries. It highlights the part played by racial and religious understanding and addresses the place of the Jewish minority within the English cultural imagination. Opening the discussion, Didi will consider the complex and often contradictory approaches to Jews and Jewishness within judicial discourse, challenging assumptions both about any simple narrative of ‘antisemitism’ and about the tolerance and neutrality of English Law.


Didi Herman – An Unfortunate Coincidence: Jews, Jewishness and English Law (Oxford University Press)

available here





The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism

“The relationship between antisemitism and other forms of racism and exclusion is not only a historical question. It is an urgent issue for today.” Professor David Feldman, Director.

The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism is funded by the Pears Foundation and based at Birkbeck, University of London. It is a centre of innovative research and teaching, contributing to discussion and policy formation on antisemitism as well as other forms of racial prejudice and intolerance. It is both independent and inclusive.







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