David Hirsh, BSc MA PhD

Position held:
Lecturer in Sociology

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Research interests: crimes against humanity, genocide and ethnic cleansing; international and cosmopolitan law; cosmopolitanism, nationalism, fundamentalism; Israel / Palestine, antisemitism, Islamophobia; socio-legal studies.

David studied Sociology as an undergraduate at City University, London. He did an MA in Philosophy and Social Theory at Warwick University and he wrote his PhD there on Crimes Against Humanity and International Law.

He was the holder of the Sociological Review Fellowship 2001-2, which enabled him to write Law against Genocide: cosmopolitan trials, published in 2003. This book was awarded the British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Prize for the best first book in sociology in 2004. By focusing on two trials from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the trial of Andrei Sawoniuk for crimes committed during the Holocaust, and the David Irving libel case, the book comes to some tentative conclusions about the possibility of the emergence of cosmopolitan law.

David received a Rothschild/Hanadiv Foundation research grant of £25000 for a project 'to investigate the character and dynamics of anti-Zionism as a contemporary political movement and its relationship to antisemitism' (January 2007 to August 2007). The central research output made possible by this funding was a major Working Paper published by the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism, entitled Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: Cosmopolitan Reflections. Hear him talk about the paper. In 2006/7, David was a Research Fellow at Yale University.

Read the presentation that David gave at the 2009 London Conference on Combatting Antisemitism.

Read David on The Merchant of Venice and the campaign to boycott Israeli actors.

Read Chip Berlet's interview with David Hirsh on contemporary antisemitism and conspiracy theory.


Selected publications

Number of items: 22.


Hirsh, David. 2014. On Studies on Jewish left anti-Zionism. Fathom Journal, p. 1. ISSN 2052-0530 [Article]

Hirsh, David. 2014. So how does it work, the quenelle? Left Foot Forward, p. 1. [Article]

Hirsh, David. 2013. Hostility to Israel and Antisemitism: Toward a Sociological Approach. Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, 5, pp. 1401-1422. [Article]

Hirsh, David. 2011. No such thing as victimless boycott. Mail and Guardian, South Africa, p. 14. [Article]

Hirsh, David. 2009. Jews as canaries and hawks. Ha'aretz, Tel Aviv, p. 12. [Article]

Hirsh, David. 2009. Do not confine Jews to the couch. Jewish Chronicle, p. 19. [Article]

Hirsh, David. 2008. Occupation, not apartheid. Mail and Guardian, South Africa, p. 14. [Article]

Hirsh, David. 2007. It’s not about Israel, stupid. Ynet news, p. 1. [Article]

Hirsh, David. 2001. The trial of Andrei Sawoniuk: Holocaust testimony under cross-examination. Social and Legal Studies, 10(4), pp. 529-545. ISSN 09646639 [Article]


Hirsh, David. 2003. Law against Genocide: Cosmopolitan Trials. GlassHouse Press / Cavendish Publishing. ISBN 1904385044 [Book]

Book Section

Hirsh, David. 2013. Struggles over the Boundaries of Legitimate Discourse: Antisemitism and Bad-Faith Allegations. In: Charles Small, ed. Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity. 5 New York: ISGAP, pp. 89-94. ISBN 978194018608 [Book Section]

Hirsh, David. 2011. Israel is not an idea which requires justification, it is a nation state forged by history. In: Ben Garratt, ed. Making the progressive case for Israel: a series of essays compiled by Labour Friends of Israel. London: Labour Friends of Israel, pp. 71-76. ISBN xxx [Book Section]

Hirsh, David. 2006. Cosmopolitan Law, Agency and Narrative. In: Michael Freeman, ed. Law and Sociology: Current Legal Issues Volume 8. Oxford University Press , 377-397 . ISBN 978-0415242721 [Book Section]


Hirsh, David. 2007. Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: Cosmopolitan Reflections. Working Paper. Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA) Occasional Papers, New Haven, CT.

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