On March 11, 2015, Professor John Q. Barrett participated in an international conference entitled “Legally Blind: Law, Ethics, and the Third Reich,” held at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. Professor Barrett’s lecture, “Dawning, Developing Comprehension of Nazi Law-Breaking & Atrocities: Justice Robert H. Jackson on the Road to Nuremberg, 1940-1945,” will be published in a conference book. During the conference, he and other conferees also were interviewed for a documentary film that now is in production. For local press on the conference, click here and here.
On October 25th, Professor John Q. Barrett participated in a reenactment of the 1935 oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, and then in a panel discussion, with Judges Gerard E. Lynch (2d. Cir.) and Stefan R. Underhill (D. Conn.), on the Supreme Court, President Franklin Roosevelt, and the constitutional powers of Congress, at the Federal Bar Council’s bench and bar retreat in the Poconos. On October 29th, Professor Barrett spoke at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in Roslyn, New York, about the Nuremberg trials. And on November 6th, he delivered a lecture, “Kristallnacht: Perpetration, Comprehension & Accountability,” at a Kristallnacht commemoration sponsored by the Brandeis Association and the Queens Women’s Bar Association, held at the Queens Bar Association.
On July 16th, Professor John Q. Barrett participated in a Nuremberg Memorium program in Courtroom 600 in the Palace of Justice, Nuremberg, Germany, site of the historic Nuremberg trials following World War II. Following a lecture by Dr. Oscar Schneider, a former German Federal Minister, Professor Barrett spoke on “New Law and Not-New Law: Justice Jackson’s Opening Statement at Nuremberg, Addressing the Legality of the Trial.”
While in Nuremberg, Professor Barrett also lectured in Creighton University School of Law’s summer program, “From Nuremberg to The Hague.”
Professor Barrett, biographer of U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Nuremberg chief prosecutor Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954) and writer of “The Jackson List,” is an expert on Jackson, the Nuremberg trials and their legacies. He regularly teaches, speaks and writes about Nuremberg, Jackson and related topics throughout the U.S. and internationally.
On November 7th, Professor John Q. Barrett was a principal speaker at the Brandeis Association’s program on “Law, Justice and the Holocaust: How the Courts Failed Germany.” At this program, which commemorated the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Dr. William Meinecke of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum spoke about German law and judges under the Nazis and Professor Barrett spoke about the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals following World War II. The program was held at the Queens County Civil Courthouse in New York City.