Michael J. Bazyler

Professor of Law · Chapman University School of Law

Michael J. Bazyler

Professor of Law and 

The “1939” Club Law Scholar in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies

Chapman University School of Law 

Orange, CA 92866 



Home Page: www.michaelbazyler.com


University of Southern California Law School

J.D. 1978

Honors and activities: Articles Editor, Southern California Law Review 

Law Scholarship recipient, selected as one of three graduating law students for a federal appellate judicial clerkship.

University of California, Los Angeles

B.A. 1974 

Honors and activities: Summa Cum Laude graduate, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, California State Scholar; major: Political Science/International Relations.



Law Instruction:

2008-Present   Chapman University School of Law, 

Professor of Law and The “1939” Club Law Scholar in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies  

Visitor and Term Positions:  Research Fellow, Holocaust Educational Trust, London, England (2001 - present);  Visiting Professor of Law, Southern Cross University School of Law, Lismore, N.S.W., Australia (2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009) 

1982-2008 Whittier Law School 

Professor of Law (Associate Professor 1982-86) 

Visitor and Term Positions: Research Collaborative Co-Professor to teach “Holocaust, Genocide and the Law,” University of Minnesota Law School (Spring 2006 and Spring 2008); Fellowship, Yad Vashem, Israel (The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority) and holder of the  Baron Friedrich Carl von Oppenheim Chair for the Study of Racism, Antisemitism and the Holocaust (Fall 2003); Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law (Spring 2004); Fellow, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C. (Fall 2002); Visiting Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School (Spring 2002); Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School (Spring 1994 - 1996).

Legal Experience:

1979-81 Morrison & Foerster 

Los Angeles office

Litigation Associate 

1978-79 The Honorable Ozell M. Trask

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 

Law Clerk



The Holocaust, Genocide and the Law: The Quest for Justice in a post-Holocaust World (Oxford University Press) (2013 expected publication date).

Forgotten Trials of the Holocaust (with Frank Tuerkheimer) (2012 expected publication date)

Comparative law: Global Legal Traditions for the 21st century (with Abdullahi al-Naim, Russell Miller and Peter Yu) (Lexis/Nexis) (2012 expected publication date).

Holocaust Justice: The  Battle for Restitution in America's Courts (NYU Press 2005).

Holocaust Restitution: Perspectives on the Litigation And Its Legacy (Editor, with Roger Alford (NYU Press 2007).  


"The Judicialization of International Atrocity Crimes: The Kharkov Trial of 1943" San Diego International Law Journal (Dec. 2012 expected publication) (with Kellyanne Gold)

"The Strange and Curious History of the Law Used to Prosecute Adolf Eichmann," Loyola International and Comparative Law Review (November 2012 expected publication) (with Julia Sheppach)  

"Prosecuting Nazi War Criminals in the UK and Lessons for Today: Will History Repeat Itself?"  4 University College of London Human Rights Review 22 (2011) (with Carla Festman), available at:

 HYPERLINK "http://www.ucl.ac.uk/human-rights/ucl-hrr/docs/hrreviewissue4/hrreviewissue4" http://www.ucl.ac.uk/human-rights/ucl-hrr/docs/hrreviewissue4/hrreviewissue4

"From Lamentation to Liturgy to Litigation": The Holocaust Restitution Movement as a Model for Bringing Armenian Genocide-Era Restitution Suits in American Courts," Marquette Law Review  95 Marquette L. Rev. 249 (2011).  

“Litigating the Pillage of Cultural Property in American Courts: Chabad v. Russian Federation and Lessons Learned, 32 Loyola International and Comparative Law Review 45 (2011) (co-author with Seth Gerber); (a different version of this article appears in the International Journal of Cultural Property, v. 17, issue 2, pp.361-386).


“Ein Unabgeschiossenes Kapitel Der Holocaust-Justiz: Die Holocaust Restitutionsbewegung und die Nazi-Raubkunst” [The Unfinished Business of Holocaust Justice: The Holocaust Restitution Movement and Nazi Looted Art], in Catalog  accompanying art exhibition Raub und Restitution – Kulturgut aus jüdischem Besitz von 1933 bis heute [Robbery and Restitution – Jewish-Owned Cultural Assets from 1933 to Today] at Jüdisches Museum Berlin [Jewish Museum, Berlin] and Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt  [Jewish Museum, Frankfurt] (2009). 

“Japan Should Follow the International Trend and Face Its History of World War II Forced Labor” The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 5-3-09, January 2009.

“In the Footsteps of Raphael Lemkin,” 2 Genocide Studies and Prevention 51 (Spring 2007).

“Contemporary Legal Lessons from the Holocaust,” 19 Jewish Political Studies Review 15 (Spring 2007).

“Suing Hitler’s Willing Business Partners: American Justice and Holocaust Morality,” 16 Jewish Political Studies Review 3 (Fall 2004). 

“Trading With the Enemy: Holocaust Restitution, The United States Government, and American Industry,” 28 Brooklyn Journal of International Law 683 (2003) (co-author with Amber L. Fitzgerald). 

“Nuremberg in America: Litigating The Holocaust in United States Courts,” 34 University of Richmond Law Review 1 (2000). [234-page study of the Holocaust restitution movement in the United States - Article cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in AIA v. Garamendi, 539 U.S. 396 (2003). 

 “Holocaust Restitution in Comparative Perspective,” 20 Berkeley Journal of International Law 101 (2001). 


“www.swissbankclaims.com: The Legality and Morality of the Holocaust-Era Restitution Settlement with the Swiss Banks,” 25 Fordham Journal of International Law 64 (2001). 

“Reexamining the Doctrine of Humanitarian Intervention in Light of the Atrocities in Kampuchea and Ethiopia,” 23 Stanford Journal of International Law 547 (1987) [Article is excerpted in various international law casebooks].


“Abolishing the Act of State Doctrine,” 134 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 325 (1986) [Article is cited in various international law casebooks]. 


“Capturing Terrorists in the 'Wild Blue Yonder': International Law and the Achille Lauro and Libyan Aircraft Incidents,” 8 Whittier Law Review 245 (1986).

“Litigating the Holocaust,” 33 University Of Richmond Law Review 601 (1999).


“Litigating the International Law of Human Rights: A 'How To' Approach,” 7 Whittier Law Review 713 (1985) [reprinted in Redden's Modern Legal Systems Encyclopedia]. 

“Litigating the International Law of Human Rights in the United States Courts: Siderman v. Republic of Argentina ,” 31 International Practitioner's Notebook 1 (1985).

Chapters/ Essays in Books

"Trading With the Enemy," in The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Oxford U. Press 2012).  


“Reparation and Restitution,” in the Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish History and Culture (Cambridge U. Press 2011). 

“The Thousand Year Reich’s Over One Thousand Anti-Jewish Laws,” in The Routledge History of the Holocaust, (Routledge 2011). 

"The Holocaust, Nuremberg and the Birth of Modern International Law" in Holocaust and Justice: Representation & Historiography of the Holocaust in Post-War Trials (Oxford: Berghahn Books 2010).

“Holocaust Reparation and Restitution,” Entry in The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish Religion, History, and Culture (J. Baskin. ed. 2009).

FOREWORD in The Raphael Lemkin’s Dossier On the Armenian Genocide (CAR 2008).

 “The Role of the Soviet Union at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg” in Die Nürnberger Prozesse: Völkerstrafrecht seit 1945 / The Nuremberg Trials: International Criminal Law Since 1945 (Herbert R Reginbogin, Christoph J Safferling, und Walter R Hippel, editors (Kluwer 2006). 

“The Gray Zones of Holocaust Restitution: American Justice and Holocaust Morality” in Gray Zones: Ambiguity and Compromise in the Holocaust and Its Aftermath, Jonathan Petropoulos & John K. Roth (Oxford, K: Berghahn Books 2005). 

“The Holocaust on Trial: David Irving vs. Penguin Books Ltd. and Deborah Lipstadt” in Jews on Trial, Robert Garber, Editor (Ktav Publishing House 2005). 

“Lex Americana : Holocaust Litigation in American Courts As A Model for Remedial Action for Genocide and Other Human Massive Rights Abuses” in Enteignet – Vetrieben – Ermordet :Beiträge zur Genozidforschung [Expropriated - Expelled – Killed: Contributions to Genocide Studies], DominikSchaller, Rupert Boyadjian, Vivianne Mountain & Hanno Scholtz, Editors ( Zurich : Chronos Verlag 2004) (book published in Switzerland ). 

“What Can Be Done About Genocide: American Civil Justice As A Model For Remedial Action,” in Will Genocide Ever End?, John K. Roth, Carol Ritter and James Smith, Editors ( St. Paul , MN: Paragon Press 2002, paperback edition 2007). 

“Holocaust Restitution In the United States : A Search For Justice” in Remembering For the Future: The Holocaust In An Age of Genocide, John K. Roth and Elizabeth Maxwell, Editors. (London: Palgrave 2001). 

Encyclopedia of Genocide , Contributing Editor  (Israel Charny, Executive Editor) (Santa Barbara , CA : ABC-CLIO 2000). 



Congressional Testimony

Expert witness before the Government Reform Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Hearing on Holocaust-era insurance, September 16,2003. Testimony located at:  HYPERLINK "http://michaelbazyler.com/downloads/congressional-testimony-bazyler-9-13-03.pdf" Http://michaelbazyler.com/downloads/congressional-testimony-bazyler-9-13-03.pdf


Co-Organizer of Conference to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Eichmann Trial, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, September 15-16, 2011.

“Jewish Treasures in the Former Soviet Union: Chabad v. Russian Federation,” Conference on Looted Art, Harvard Law School, February 8-9, 2008. 

Organizer of Tribute to Benjamin Ferencz, Chief Prosecutor in U.S. v. Ohlendorf, [Trial of No. 9] at Nuremberg, Germany on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of issuance of verdicts (April 19, 1948),  American Society of International Law Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. April 10, 2008.

 “Transitional Justice” conference and Pierre Genest Visiting Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada February 2008, Keynote address

"Genocide Restitution Litigation: Comparative Analysis of Armenian Genocide Victims and Other Victim Groups," paper presented at "Armenian Genocide and International Law" conference, USC Institute of Armenian Studies, September 9, 2007.

"Post-War Trials, the Holocaust and the Current Rules of International Criminal Justice" paper presented at Yad Vashem (The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority), Jerusalem conference "Post-War Trials and the Holocaust: Representation, Awareness and Historiography," December 19-21, 2006.

"The Morality and Immorality of Holocaust Restitution," Annual Feibel Family Lecture on Law and Judaism Presenter at Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, March 2, 2006.

"Pursuing Human Dignity: The Legacies of Nuremberg for International Law, Human Rights, and Education" paper presented at Harvard Law School conference commemorating 60th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials, November 3, 2005.

"The Role of the Soviet Union in the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg," Nuremberg Trials 60th Anniversary Conference, Nuremberg, Germany, July 14-16, 2005.

Lead co-organizer of two conferences held to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials: in New York at Cardozo Law School, March 2005; and in Nuremberg, Germany in Courtroom 600 of the Palace of Justice, the original location of the Nuremberg Trials, July 2005. 


"Profiting from the Holocaust and the Search for Justice: Lessons for the African-American Reparations Movement," paper presented at  "Restitution and Reconciliation in International Perspective" conference at Brown University, March 20, 2005 (portions of paper incorporated in the  Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice Report ( HYPERLINK "http://brown.edu/Research/Slavery_Justice/documents/SlaveryAndJustice.pdf" http://brown.edu/Research/Slavery_Justice/documents/slaveryandjustice.pdf). 


“The Morality and Immorality of Holocaust Restitution,” paper presented at Fordham Law School, Conference on Holocaust Restitution: Reconciling Moral Imperatives with Legal Initiatives and Diplomacy, November 1, 2001.


“Holocaust Restitution in Comparative Perspective,” paper presented at Association of Genocide Scholars Bi-Annual Conference - University of Minnesota, June 12, 2001.

“Trading with the Enemy: Holocaust Restitution and American Industry,” paper presented at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley , Stefan A. Riesenfeld Symposium 2001, Fifty Years In the Making: World War II Reparation and Restitution Claims, March 9, 2001.

“Holocaust Restitution Litigation in the United States: A Triumph of American Justice,” paper presented at U.C.L.A. Conference on Confronting the Past: Memory, Identity, and Society, February 4, 2001.


Lead co-author, Nuremberg Scholars Amicus Brief, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell,

U.S. Supreme Court, Spring 2012 Term. See Marcia Coyle, "Michael Bazyler: Appellate Lawyer of the Week," National Law Journal, Feb. 1, 2012, available at:

 HYPERLINK "http://www.losangelesemploymentlawyer.com/International-Human-Rights/AppellateLawyeroftheWeek_MichaelBazyler.pdf" http://www.losangelesemploymentlawyer.com/International-Human-Rights/AppellateLawyeroftheWeek_MichaelBazyler.pdf   


Lead co-counsel, 1981-1996  Siderman de Blake v. Republic of Argentina, the first U.S. case to hold a foreign nation responsible for torture committed on foreign soil.

See Tim Golden, "Argentina Settles Lawsuit By A Victim of Torture," N.Y. Times.  

Sept. 14, 1996 available at: 

( HYPERLINK "http://www.nytimes.com/1996/09/14/us/argentina-settles-lawsuit-by-a-victim-of-torture.html?scp=2&sq=Siderman&st=nyt" http://www.nytimes.com/1996/09/14/us/argentina-settles-lawsuit-by-a-victim-of-torture.html?scp=2&sq=Siderman&st=nyt)

Appearances on CNN, BBC, 60 Minutes, Dateline NBC, and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”