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Dr. David Hirsh

Professor David Hirsh is a Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and the founder of Engage, a campaign against academic boycotts of Israel. Hirsh is a graduate of City University, London. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy and Social Theory and a PhD from University of Warwick. He wrote his dissertation on Crimes Against Humanity and International Law. Hirsh won the Philip Abrams Prize for the best first book in sociology from the British Sociological Association in 2004 for his book Law Against Genocide: Cosmopolitan trials. As well as an argument concerning the significance of “cosmopolitan law”, this book contains a full account of the trial of Andrei Sawoniuk in Britain in 1999 for crimes committed as part of the Holocaust in Belarus in 1942. Professor Hirsh is the founding editor of the Engage website, a resource for those working to understand and to oppose contemporary antisemitism. Along with several other Engage editors, he was a leading activist in the National Organisation of Labour Students during the 1980s. Hirsh also sits on the International Academic Board of Advisors for ISGAP, the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy.