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2013-2014 Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Universal Perspectives on Holocaust Remembrance

12:30-1:30 pm – UW School of Law - Room 119

Yom HaShoah: Universal Perspectives on Holocaust Remembrance

Guest Speaker: Reut Cohen, New Israel Fund Civil Liberties Law Program Fellow

Respondents: Rabbi Oren Hayon, Hillel UW; UW Professor Stephen Rosenbaum, UW Law

As the Holocaust (Shoah) is observed throughout the world this week and the UW community welcomes jurist, memoirist and concentration camp survivor Thomas Buergenthal, it is a fitting time to consider the contemporary commemoration of state-sponsored murder by the Nazi regime. Lawyer/Activist Reut Cohen writes: "We Israelis grow up in the shadows of the Holocaust. It's always there and always very present. I don't this this is necessarily bad, but I recognize two possible educational messages that derive from this: the first is 'We must never let this happen us (Jews/Israel) again and have to do everything in order to prevent it' and the second is 'We must never let this happen again to any other nation or people.'"

Co-sponsors: (partial list)
  • Wm. H. Gates Public Service Law Program
  • Center for Human Rights
  • Law Societies and Justice
  • Hillel UW
  • Jewish Law Students Ass'n (UW Law)
  • Ctr for Human Rights and Justice (UW Law)
Light lunch provided, please rsvp to

May 5, 2014 – Professor Thomas Buergenthal

"Becoming an International Judge via the Holocaust"

4:30 - 5:30 pm – UW School of Law Room 138

Reception to follow at the Burke Museum celebrating the 5 Year Anniversary of the UW Center for Human Rights.

Thomas Buergenthal is the Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at George Washington University. He came to the United States at the age of 17. He spent the first 11 years of his life in various German camps and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, Professor Buergenthal was a Judge and President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as well as President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development. He was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and UN Truth Commission for El Salvador. He is a member of the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee and the honorary president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica.

Co-Sponsors: The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, the UW Center for Human Rights, Hillel, and the Jewish Studies program are our partners in this event.

Reception Sponsored by the Gates Public Service Law Program and the UW Center for Human Rights

Sponsorship of this event by the University of Washington School of Law and the W.H. Gates Public Service law Program does not imply endorsement.

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He will be our featured Gates Program speaker for spring quarter, on May 5, 2014; his talk will focus on international human rights and his work with the various commissions. The Jackson School, the UW Center for Human Rights, Hillel, and the Jewish Studies Department are our partners in this event. Professor Buergenthal will also be giving a talk for Hillel on May 6 about his recent book: A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy.

Last updated 4/17/2014