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.

   
 
  “Although much work still needs to be done, there is no doubt that Marcus’s campaign struck a significant chord that consequently allowed groups such as the Zionist Organization of America to file a complaint against the University of California, Irvine (UCI) on grounds of anti-Semitic harassment”
 
 
Asaf Romirowsky, Middle East Forum, in Jewish Political Studies Review (Spring 2011)
 
 
 
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Campus Anti-Semitism
Over 40% of Jewish American college students report that they have experienced or are aware of anti-Semitism on their campuses. 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 EUMC Working Definition of Anti-Semitism, as endorsed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and U.S. Department of State.
 
 
 
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Advisory Board Spotlight
 

Kenneth L. Marcus
Kenneth L. Marcus is President and General Counsel of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and author of the award-winning Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America (New York: Cambridge University Press: 2010). Marcus founded the Brandeis Center in 2011 to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism in American higher education.
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