Mission and Values  
 

Mission

The mission of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law is to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all.

Vision Statement

The civil and human rights of the Jewish people are inextricably bound to the pursuit of justice for all peoples. The Louis D. Brandeis Center promotes justice for all as a means of securing the rights of the Jewish people and secures the rights of the Jewish people as a means of advancing justice for all. In the Twenty-first Century, the leading civil and human rights challenge facing North American Jewry is the resurgent problem of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism on university campuses. This social problem requires an immediate, effective, and coordinated legal response. LDB will provide the research resources, public policy education, and legal advocacy needed to fight this battle within the broader context of the pursuit of universal principles of justice. While LDB's primary focus is on the North American college campus, we approach this problem as inseparable from certain global forms of hate and bias and from new media forms of communication and dissemination.

Our Namesake

Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, a legendary litigator, a renowned scholar, and a man of great integrity. He is known for his embodiment of universal principles of justice as well as for his commitment to the well-being of the Jewish people.

   
 
  “…Kenneth L. Marcus… as president and general counsel of The Louis D. Brandeis Center, has a laser focus on civil rights and Jewish students…”
 
 
The Jewish Forward (March 16, 2012)
 
 
 
Students
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If you are concerned about anti-Semitism on your campus, or if you seek advice about best practices, contact us.

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Research Articles
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Over 50% of Jewish American college students report that they experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism on their campuses during the 2013-2014 academic year. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has announced that campus anti-Semitism “is a serious problem which warrants further attention.” Campus anti-Semitism can include subjecting Jewish students to different treatment, harassment, violence or a hostile environment. In some cases, campus anti-Semitism is related to anti-Israel sentiment. In other cases, it is not. For most purposes, we define anti-Semitism according to the U.S. Department of State definition of anti-Semitism. .
 
 
 
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Advisory Board Spotlight
 

Ruth R. Wisse
Ruth R. Wisse is the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, and has taught at McGill, Stanford, New York, Hebrew and Tel Aviv universities.
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