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Upstanders, Whistle-Blowers, and Rescuers

Upstanders, Whistle-Blowers, and Rescuers
  • Year of publication 2016
  • 32 pages
Author:Martha Minow
Series:Koningsbergerlezingen (volume 5)
Category: Social Sciences Public Administration
Icon_printbook 978‐94‐6236‐596‐4 | paperback | 1st edition | € 13.50 / $ 18.22 / £ 14.31

‘My conscience compels me to commemorate here with deep sadness and bitter disappointment the discharging from their positions of some of my Dutch colleagues, solely because of their ancestry or religious beliefs.’

With these words, Utrecht scientist Professor Victor Koningsberger started his public lecture on 25 November 1940, thus becoming the first professor in the Netherlands to publicly stand up for the Jewish colleagues who were discharged from the university by the German occupiers. In their honour, Utrecht University has initiated the annual Koningsberger Lecture. In this way, the university wishes to keep alive Koningsberger’s principled act of defiance against the German occupiers as an example of the possible need for such acts to permanently guarantee fundamental rights for present and future generations. At the centre of this notion is the importance of core human rights, such as the right to equality regardless of race or religion, as well as of the constitutional state and the principles of democracy. Each year the Koningsberger Lecture is given by someone who made his or her mark on this field.

Target group

Academics and professionals in the field of public administration, politicology, sociology and human rights. 

Author's information

Martha Minow is the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School where she has taught since 1981. An expert in human rights with a focus on members of racial and religious minorities and women, children, and persons with disabilities, her scholarship also has addressed private military contractors, management of mass torts, transitional justice, and law, culture, and social change. She has published over 150 articles and herbooks include In Brown’s Wake: Legacies of America’s Educational Landmark (2010); Partners, Not Rivals, Privatization and the Public Good (2002); and Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History after Genocide and Mass Violence (1998). She is co-editor of law school casebooks on civil procedure and on gender and the law.