Prominent British lawyer Anthony Julius to lecture at York this weekend

The Mark & Gail Appel Program in Holocaust and Antiracism Education at York University is presenting two special lectures this weekend by eminent British lawyer, academic and public intellectual Anthony Julius.

Anthony JuliusJulius successfully defended historian Deborah Lipstadt  in the David Irving Holocaust denial trial. He also represented Diana, Princess of Wales, during her divorce from Prince Charles.

Right: Anthony Julius

Julius studied English literature at Jesus College, Cambridge graduating in 1977 and completed a PhD in English literature at University College London under the novelist and academic Dan Jacobson. He joined Mishcon de Reya, a Bloomsbury law firm in 1981 becoming a partner in 1984. Currently he is a senior consultant to that firm.

A visiting professor at Birkbeck College at the University of London, Julius most recently participated in the Metropolitan Police Race and Faith Inquiry that looked into racial discrimination and hiring practices of London’s Metropolitan Police Authority.

He is chairman of the London Consortium, and vice-president of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, of which he was a founder.

The first lecture “Holocaust Denial, What’s the Point” will take place on Saturday at 8pm in the Founders Assembly Hall, 152 Founders College. The second lecture, “How can good literature be bad for the Jews?” will take place on Sunday at 2:30pm in the Founders Assembly Hall. Both sessions are free and open to the public.

Julius will be available following the lectures to sign his book, Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England.

The Mark & Gail Appel Program in Holocaust and Antiracism Education brings together future educators from Canada, Germany, and Poland to study the past and teach towards a better future.

It is a joint initiative of the Israel & Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies and the Canadian Centre for German & European Studies at York University.

For more information, contact Bridget Newson at 416-736-5695.