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It Starts with Words: Enhancing Lawyers’ Ability to Counter Antisemitism

January 31, 2024 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern Time | Virtual

In the relentless fight against antisemitism, the profound impact of words cannot be overstated. This virtual event, hosted by the Matas Law Society, focuses on equipping lawyers with the essential tools to effectively counter antisemitism through accurate language. Join us and expert speakers as we delve into the meticulous definition of “Genocide” and its implications, particularly with a lens on the Holocaust.

Explore how a comprehensive understanding of genocide and related terms can significantly enhance lawyers’ capabilities in countering antisemitic rhetoric. We will not only address historical and contemporary examples but also emphasize the critical importance of preventing the misuse of such terminology. Join your peers for a unique opportunity to engage in a thoughtful discussion that bridges historical contexts with present-day challenges, ultimately fostering justice and understanding. You will improve your ability to:

• Analyze historical instances of genocide to understand how accurately defining such atrocities contributes to preventing their recurrence
• Gain insights into the complexities of legal definitions of genocide and their resonance in discussions about Israel’s actions
• Address the misuse of genocidal terms with an acute awareness of their emotional weight, considering the historical context of Holocaust denial and distortion
• Explore proactive measures to combat antisemitism, emphasizing the profound responsibility of legal professionals in this critical endeavor

Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your advocacy skills and contribute to the ongoing battle against antisemitism through specific and impactful language.

Zoom link provided to MLS Members. 


David Matas

Senior Legal Counsel, B’nai Brith Canada

Laura Shaw Frank, PhD

National Director, William Petschek Contemporary Jewish Life Department, American Jewish Committee (AJC)

For more information about this event, contact us at:
[email protected] | 416.633.6224 ext. 105

Encourage your Jewish legal colleagues to Join the Matas Law Society. 

This program is eligible for up to 1 substantive hour in Ontario and may be considered as a learning activity in your mandatory annual CPD plan in Alberta and in Nova Scotia.

*The views expressed by the speakers are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Matas Law Society or B’nai Brith Canada.


Jan 31 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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