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David Fraser

Professor of Law and Social Theory, Faculty of Social Sciences

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David Fraser studied at Université Laval (civil law) and Dalhousie University (common law) and at Yale. He has taught in Canada (Dalhousie), the United States (SUNY Buffalo and Cardozo), and Australia (Sydney). Prior to coming to Nottingham, he was Research Professor in Law at Brunel University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia, the University of Texas, Austin and at the European University Institute. In 2003, he was a Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. His research interests are in the fields of legal theory, modern/contemporary legal history, law and popular culture, hate crime, especially antisemitism and Holocaust Denial, and legal aspects of the Holocaust. He has recently completed a major study of the Nazi war crimes trials which took place in Australia in the 1980s and 1990s, supported by a grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, New York. The research from this project has been published as "Daviborshch's Cart: Narrating the Holocaust in Australian War Crimes Trials" (University of Nebraska Press, 2010) His current research project, archival research for which was funded by a grant from the British Academy, examines the so-called "Jewish School Question" in Montreal from the 1880s to the 1990s. His most recent publication, with Frank Caestecker of the University of Ghent, is "Jews or Germans?: Nationality Legislation and the Restoration of Liberal Democracy in Western Europe After the Holocaust", 31 Law & History Review 391-422, (2013).

Recent Publications

  • 2017. (De) Constructing the Nazi State: Criminal Organizations and the Constitutional Theory of the International Military Tribunal Loyola of Los Angeles International & Compartaive Law Review. 39(Winter 2017), 117-186
  • 2015. Through the Looking Glass: Thinking About and Working Through Fascist Criminal Law. In: Through the Looking Glass Fascism and Criminal Law: History, Theory, Continuity Hart. 197-208
  • DAVID FRASER, 2015. "Honorary Protestants": The Jewish School Question in Montreal, 1867-1997 University of Toronto Press for Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising students who want to work on the following areas:

  • Legal aspects of National Socialism, fascism, totalitarian regimes
  • Crimes against humanity/genocide
  • War crimes trials (especially, but not limited to, WW2)
  • Transitional justice
  • Modern and contemporary legal history
  • Legal Theory (especially, but not limited to, continental philosophy)
  • Law and Popular Culture
  • Roma Rights
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Anything involving qualitative research methods

Current PhD Students

  • Crawford, Keith: The Law and Economics of Orderly and Effective Insolvency (co-supervisor Dr Sandra Frisby)
  • Emmerich, Fabienne: Conditions of detention of politically motivated offenders: The Rote Armee Fraktion (Red Army Faction) in the Federal Republic of Germany 1970-2004 (co-supervisor Professor Dirk van Zyl Smit)
  • Lavis, Simon : Probing the Margins of Legal Theory: an Exploration into Law's Responses to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust (co-supervisor Professor Noel Whitty)
  • Smith, Katie: Contract adjustments and public procurement: an analysis of the law and its application (co-supervisor Professor Sue Arrowsmith)
  • Yiwei, Lu: The rule of law and Human rights: the implementation of human rights treaties in China (co-supervisor Sangeeta Shah)
  • Wiputhanupong, Chongnang: Copyright for the Digital Age: Are We Aiming at Individuals? (co-supervisor Professor Paul Torremans)

Recent PhD Students

  • Aspey, Eleanor: The Impact of the EC Procurement Rules on Corporate Responsibility in the Supply Chain: a Study of Utilities (co-supervisor Professor Sue Arrowsmith)
  • Craven, Richard: Procurement procedures under the Private Finance Initiative: the operation of the new legal framework (co-supervisor Professor Sue Arrowsmith)
  • Eyo,Ama : The Legal Framework for Conducting Electronic Reverse Auctions by Public Entities in the EU (co-supervisor Professor Sue Arrowsmith)
  • Telles, Pedro : The application of the procurement rules to projects tendered in Portugal and eventually Spain and/or France (co-supervisor Professor Sue Arrowsmith)
  • 2017. (De) Constructing the Nazi State: Criminal Organizations and the Constitutional Theory of the International Military Tribunal Loyola of Los Angeles International & Compartaive Law Review. 39(Winter 2017), 117-186
  • 2015. Through the Looking Glass: Thinking About and Working Through Fascist Criminal Law. In: Through the Looking Glass Fascism and Criminal Law: History, Theory, Continuity Hart. 197-208
  • DAVID FRASER, 2015. "Honorary Protestants": The Jewish School Question in Montreal, 1867-1997 University of Toronto Press for Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History.
  • 2013. Re-)locating the Roma,(re-)Imagining Citizenship: Nicolas Sarkozy and the New/Old European Order. In: Post-Conflict Reconstructions: Re-Mappings and Reconciliations CCC Press. 54-79
  • FRASER, D., 2012. Evil law, evil lawyers? From the Justice Case to the torture memos Jurisprudence. 3(2), 391-428
  • FRASER, DAVID, 2011. Law's Holocaust Denial: State, Memory, Legality. In: HENNEBEL, LUDOVIC and HOCHMANN, THOMAS, eds., Genocide Denials and the Law Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. 3-48
  • DAVID FRASER and , 2011. Shadows of Law, Shadows of the Shoah: Towards a Legal History of the Nazi Killing Machine Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. 32(2), 401-19
  • FRASER, D., 2010. Daviborshch's cart: narrating the Holocaust in Australian war crimes trials University of Nebraska Press.
  • FRASER, DAVID, 2010. La derniere discrimination acceptable: l'historie des "Gitans" en droit anglais. In: GERMAIN, L., LASSALLE, D., PRUM, M., BINARD, F and DESCHAMPS, B., eds., Identites et cultures minoritaires dans l'aire anglophone: Entre "visibilite" et"invisibilite" L'Harmattan. 187-208
  • FRASER, DAVID, 2009. Law's "Jewish Question"?: The Holocaust and Critical Theory Modern Law Review. 72(5), 844-866
  • FRASER, D., 2009. ‘On the internet, nobody knows you’re a Nazi’: some comparative legal aspects of Holocaust denial on the WWW. In: HARE, I. and WEINSTEIN, J., eds., Extreme speech and democracy Oxford University Press. 509-537
  • FRASER, D., 2009. The fragility of law: constitutional patriotism and the Jews of Belgium, 1940-1945 Routledge-Cavendish.
  • CAESTECKER, F. and FRASER, D., 2008. The extraterritorial application of the Nuremberg laws: rassenschande and "mixed" marriages in European liberal democracies Journal of the History of International Law. 10(1), 35-81
  • FRASER, DAVID, 2008. Homo sacer/rom sacer: la costruzione dello "zingaro come altro" nel discorso politco, giuridico e mediatico britannico. In: GRANDI, ROBERTO and DEMARIA CRISTINA, eds., Marketing e Rappresentazione dei Conflitti: Media, Opinione Pubblica, Costruzione del Consenso Bononia University Press. 255-276
  • FRASER, DAVID, 2007. Un antisémitisme très britannique : l’application des lois anti-juives sur les îles anglo-normandes (1940-1945),. In: PRUM, MICHEL, ed., Changements d'aire,: De la "race" dans l'aire anglophone L'Harmattan. 19-38
  • FRASER, J.D., 2006. Les Roms, la Citoyennete et l'Europe. In: Regards croises sur l'Europe 51-60
  • FRASER, DAVID, 2006. Roma Sacer: Constructing the 'Gypsy' Other in British Political and Legal Discourse. In: PRUM, MICHEL, DESCHMPS, BENEDICTE and BARBIER, MARIE-CLAUDE, eds., Killing in the Name of Otherness: Racial, Ethnic and Homophobic Violence London: Routledge-Cavendish. 95-106
  • FRASER, DAVID, 2006. Haine antisemite et negationnisme: les reponses juridiques en Australie et au Canada. In: PRUM, MICHEL, ed., De toutes les couleurs: De l'ethnicite dans l'aire anglophone Paris:L'Harmattan. 171-185
  • FRASER, D., 2005. Law after Auschwitz: towards a jurisprudence of the Holocaust Durham N.C.: Carolina Academic Press.
  • FRASER, J.D., 2005. Cricket and the law: the man in white is always right 2nd ed.. London: Routledge.
  • FRASER, D., 2005. A passive collaboration: bureaucracy, legality, and the Jews of Brussels, 1940-1944 Brooklyn Journal of International Law. 30(2), 365-420
  • FRASER,J.D., 2005. Review of Christopher P.M. Waters, Counsel in the Caucasus: Professionalization and Law in Georgia Review of Central and East European Law. 29(4), 554-558
  • FRASER,J.D., 2005. National Constitutions, Liberal State, Fascist State and the Holocaust in Belgium and Bulgaria German Law Journal. 6, 291-306
  • FRASER, J.D., 2005. Polarcauste: law, justice and the Shoah in French detective fiction International Journal of Law in Context. 1(3), 237-259
  • FRASER, J.D., 2004. Property as Humanity: The Role of Compensation for Aryanization and Historico-Legal Memory of the Holocaust In: Recrafting the Past After "Bitter Experiences": The Shadows of the Past(s) over the Constitutionalization of Europe.
  • FRASER,J.D., 2004. Review of P. Mason, Criminal Visions: Media Representations of Crime and Justice(Willan Publishing)(2003) Law and Politics Book Review. 14, 513-516
  • FRASER, J.D., 2004. National Constitutions, Liberal State, Fascist State and the Holocaust in Belgium and Bulgaria In: Recrafting the Past After "Bitter Experiences": The shadows of the Past(s) over the Constitutionalization of Europe.
  • FRASER, J.D., 2003. "This is not like any other legal question": a brief history of Nazi law before U.K. and U.S. courts Connecticut Journal of International Law. 19(1), 59-125
  • FRASER, J.D., 2003. The Outsider Does Not See All the Game: Perceptions of German Law in Anglo-American Legal Scholarship 1933 - 1940. In: Darker Legacies of Law in Europe: The Shadow of National Socialism and Fascism Over Europe and Its Legal Traditions Hart Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. 87-111
  • FRASER,J.D., 2003. The Man in White Is Always Right: Cricket and the Law revised. Cass (Frank) & Co. Ltd, Liford, Essex, UK.
  • FRASER,J.D., 2003. Review of R. Stevens, The English Judges: Their Role in the Changing Constitution (Oxford: Hart Publishing)(2002) Law and Politics Book Review. 13(2),
  • FRASER, D., 2002. Civil Liberties Law: The Human Rights Act Era by Noel Whitty, The rese Murphy, and Steven Livingston Sydney Law Review. VOL 24(PART 2), 295-298
  • FRASER, D. and MCMAHON, K., 2002. When Too Much Sport is Barely Enough: Broadcasting Regulation and National Identity Entertainment Law. VOL 1(PART 3), 1-52
  • FRASER, D., 2000. SOUTH AFRICAN CRICKETERS, NAZI JUDGES, AND OTHER THOUGHTS ON (NOT) PLAYING THE GAME OSGOODE HALL LAW JOURNAL. VOL 38(PART 4), 563-582
  • FRASER, DAVID, 1953-, 2000. The Jews of the Channel Islands and the rule of law, 1940-1945 : "quite contrary to the principles of British justice" / David Fraser Brighton : Sussex Academic Press, 2000.
  • FRASER,J.D., 2000. Watching the Detectives Interrogating Popular Culture: Deviance, Justice and Social Order Current Issues in Criminal Justice (Sydney). 12, 123-128
  • FRASER, D., 1999. Language of Law and Transcendance? (Review of William E. Conklin, The Phenomenology of Modern Legal Discourse) International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. VOL 12(PART 1), 113-120
  • FRASER, D., 1999. Sexual Orientation and Canadian Law, and Lesbians, Gay Men and Canadian Law AUSTRALASIAN GAY AND LESBIAN LAW JOURNAL. VOL 8, 80-85
  • FRASER, D., 1999. Dead Man Walking: Law and Ethics After Giorgio Agamben's Auschwitz International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. VOL 12(PART 4), 397-417
  • FRASER, J.D. and BLACK, V., 1999. Legally Dead: The Grateful Dead and American Legal Culture. In: Perspectives on the "Grateful Dead": Critical Writings Greenwood Press, Westport, CT. 19-39
  • FRASER, J.D., 1998. Report on Money Laundering and Cash Transactions Reporting under The Draft Proceeds of Crime Bill (Jersey)
  • FRASER, D., 1998. The Order of Terror: The Concentration Camp by Wolfgang Sofsky Social and Legal Studies. VOL 7(NUMBER 4), 586-587
  • FRASER, D., 1998. Law, Lawyers and the Holocaust: The Case Against Vichy France Holocaust and Genocide Studies. VOL 12(NUMBER 1), 139-157
  • FRASER, D., 1998. Legal Frontiers by Phillip A. Thomas (ed.) Social and Legal Studies. VOL 7(NUMBER 2), 290-291
  • FRASER, J.D., MELHAM, M. and YACOUB, M., 1997. Violence Against Arab Australians. In: Faces of Hate: Hate Crime in Australia Hawkins Press, Sydney, Australia. 75-96
  • FRASER, J.D., 1997. Memory, Murder and Justice: Holocaust Denial and the 'Scholarship' of Hate. In: Faces of Hate: Hate Crime in Australia Hawkins Press, Sydney, Australia. 162-187
  • CUNNEEN, CHRIS, 1953-, FRASER, DAVID, 1953- and TOMSEN, STEPHEN, 1997. Faces of hate : hate crime in Australia / editors: Chris Cunneen, David Fraser, Stephen Tomsen Sydney, NSW : Hawkins Press, 1997.
  • FRASER, J.D., 1996. Law Before Auschwitz: Aryan and Jew in the Nazi <em>Rechtsstaat</em>. In: Thinking Through the Body of the Law Allen & Unwin (Publishers), GB. 63-79
  • FRASER, J.D., CHEAH, P. and GRBICH, J., eds., 1996. Thinking Through the Body of the Law Allen & Unwin (Publishers), GB.
  • FRASER,J.D., 1995. Review of P.R. Bartop, Australia and the Holocaust: 1933-1945 (Arcadia)(1994) Holocaust and Genocide Studies. 9, 258-262
  • FRASER, DAVID, 1953-, 1993. Cricket and the law : "the man in white is always right" / by David Fraser Sydney : Sydney University Law School, Institute of Criminology, 1993.

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