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May 16, 2016

Barrett Lectures in Poland, Participates in the March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau

On May 4th, Professor John Q. Barrett delivered a keynote lecture, “The History of the


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Nuremberg Trials,” at a March of the Living International, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights & Jagiellonian University symposium in Krakow, Poland. The symposium, “The Double Entendre of Nuremberg: The Nuremberg of Hate & the Nuremberg of Justice,” featured leading jurists, government ministers, scholars, lawyers and other experts from around the world. For video, click here; Professor Barrett’s lecture begins around the 38:00 mark. And for an album of symposium photos, click here.

On the following day, Professor Barrett was one of thousands who participated in this year’s March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau, horrific sites of Nazi imprisonment, torture, enslavement and extermination, primarily of Jews, during World War II. (For video of the March, click here.)

Professor Barrett also appears in a film on the Nuremberg trials that was presented at the symposium, and in February he spoke at the March of the Living International leadership meeting in Aventura, Florida.

Professor Barrett is biographer of Justice Robert H. Jackson, U.S. chief prosecutor at and principal architect of the 1945-1946 international Nuremberg trial. He writes The Jackson List, which reaches over 100,000 readers around the world.

April 5, 2016

Barrett’s Chapter in New Book on Supreme Court Justices & Law Clerks

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John Barrett

Professor John Q. Barrett’s essay, “No College, No Prior Clerkship: How Jim Marsh Became Justice Jackson’s Law Clerk,” is a chapter in the book Of Courtiers and Kings: More Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and their Justices (University of Virginia Press, Todd C. Peppers & Clare Cushman, eds., 2015).

Barrett’s chapter (abstract here) tells how Justice Robert H. Jackson, after hiring top Harvard Law School graduates as his first three law clerks, in 1947 improbably hired James M. Marsh, a night school graduate of Temple Law School who had never attended college or clerked for another judge.

In his Foreword to the book, Justice John Paul Stevens notes his friendship with Jim Marsh—Stevens was a law clerk to Justice Wiley Rutledge while Marsh was clerking for Justice Jackson.

In the Spring 2016 issue of Temple Esq., its law alumni magazine, the lead story reports on Professor Barrett’s chapter on Jim Marsh.  Tony Mauro, writing in the National Law Journal about this new book, also highlighted Barrett’s chapter.

Professor Barrett is biographer of Justice Robert H. Jackson and writer of The Jackson List.

December 23, 2015

Barrett Lectures, Moderates Nuremberg Trial 70th Anniversary Commemoration Roundtable in Nuremberg Courtroom

On November 20, 2015, the 70th anniversary of the start of the 1945-1946 Nuremberg international

John Barrett

John Barrett

trial of Nazi war criminals following World War II, Professor John Q. Barrett participated in Nuremberg’s official commemoration event.

In historic Courtroom 600 in Nuremberg’s Palace of Justice, Professor Barrett delivered an introductory lecture and then moderated a conversation with three men who worked in the trial process seventy years ago:  Yves Beigbeder, then an assistant to the French judge; Father Moritz Fuchs, then the bodyguard of U.S. Chief of Counsel Robert H. Jackson; and George Sakheim, then a U.S. interpreter and translator.

For streaming video of the event, click here—after welcoming remarks (in German) from

L-R, Lord Mayor Ulrich Maly, Dr. Yves Beigbeder, Dr. George Sakheim, Fr. Moritz Fuchs & Professor Barrett.

L-R, Lord Mayor Ulrich Maly, Dr. Yves Beigbeder, Dr. George Sakheim, Fr. Moritz Fuchs & Professor Barrett.

Nuremberg’s Lord Mayor and then a senior German judge, Professor Barrett’s speech (in English) begins at 16:45, followed by the roundtable (in English) beginning at 30:40.  Professor Barrett’s speech text also is downloadable here.

Professor Barrett is biographer of Justice Robert H. Jackson and writer of The Jackson List.

November 5, 2015

Barrett Lectures on the Nuremberg Trials

John Barrett

John Barrett

Professor John Q. Barrett has, in this 70th anniversary year of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, given a number of recent lectures regarding the Nuremberg trials:

  • On October 9th, he spoke on “Justice Jackson, Communicating the Nuremberg Trial: Prosecuting the Nazis Before the Eyes of the World, 1945-1946,” at the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeals annual conference, held in East Rutherford, New Jersey;
  • On October 16th, he spoke on “The Rule of Law at Nuremberg, 1945-1946 (and Its Lessons for Today),” at Canada’s National Judicial Institute Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba Education Seminar, held in Winnipeg;
  • On October 21st, he delivered a keynote lecture, “The 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials: What Happened Then and Why It Matters Now,” at Daemen College in Buffalo, New York; and
  • On November 3rd, he spoke, on the Nuremberg trials, at a Museum of Jewish Heritage professional development program for hundreds of New York City teachers.

Professor Barrett is biographer of U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Nuremberg chief prosecutor Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954) and writer of The Jackson List.

October 9, 2015

Barrett Gives U.S. Supreme Court Preview and Lectures

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John Barrett

Professor John Q. Barrett recently gave lectures that reviewed U.S. Supreme Court decisions and developments from last Term and previewed some cases and possible developments in the newly-started Term. On October 5th (“First Monday”), he lectured at the Federal Bar Association’s EDNY chapter, at the U.S. Courthouse in Central Islip, New York. On September 11th, he lectured at The New York State Judicial Institute in White Plains, New York, for video broadcast to Judges and court personnel across New York State. And on July 29th, he lectured at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills, New York.

September 17, 2015

Barrett Lectures at U.S. Department of State

John Barrett

John Barrett

On August 6th, Professor John Q. Barrett delivered the principal lecture at a State Department program honoring Ambassador-at-Large Stephen J. Rapp on the occasion of his retirement after six years heading the Department’s Office of Criminal Justice.  Professor Barrett’s lecture was entitled “Seventy Years Since London: The Summer 1945 Allied Negotiations, the August 8th Agreement Creating the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, and the Path of Modern International Law.”



L-R: Prof. Barrett & Amb. Rapp.



May 11, 2015

Recent Lectures, Appearances by Professor Barrett

John Barrett

John Barrett

Professor John Q. Barrett recently participated in the following:

  • On March 25th, he spoke at DLA Piper’s Marbury Institute—live in New York City and by video feed to each of the firm’s offices—on “The Rule of Law at Nuremberg and Its Lessons for Today.”
  • On April 17th, he spoke, about Nazi corruption of law, Justice Robert H. Jackson and the Nuremberg trial, at a professional ethics program co-sponsored by the Holocaust Research Center of Buffalo (click here for video).
  • On April 27th, he lectured, on Justice Jackson and the Nuremberg trial, at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Judges’ retreat.
  • On May 4th, he attended the premiere, at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, NY, of a new documentary film, “Liberty Under Law: The Robert H. Jackson Story.”  Professor Barrett, Jackson’s biographer and a Fellow at the Jackson Center, is a prominent “talking head” in the film, which soon will air on public television and be distributed widely.  For the film’s Facebook page, click here, and for local press on the Jamestown premiere, click here.
March 31, 2015

Barrett Speaks at Boston College conference on Law, Ethics & the Nazis

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John Q. Barrett

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.


December 22, 2014

Barrett Lecture at Marburg Conference on Defense Counsel in International Criminal Courts

On December 3, 2014, Professor John Q. Barrett delivered a lecture, “Justice Jackson, the IMT & OMGUS:  Delivering ‘the SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESassistance of Counsel’ to the Nuremberg Defendants,” at a conference on “The Defence in International Criminal Courts”at Philipps Universität in Marburg, Germany.  The lecture will be published next year, in a conference volume,  by T.M.C. Asser Press.

November 13, 2014

Recent Panel Remarks and Lectures by Barrett

John Barrett

John Barrett

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.

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