26 May: collective memories and rule of law

The Paul Scholten Center for Jurisprudence cordially invites you to a discussion on collective memories and rule of law.

Professor Adam Czarnota will present a paper on LAW AS MNEMOSYNE MARRIED WITH LETHE; Quasi-judicial institutions and collective memories.

Commentators are Professor Wouter Veraart (VU) and Dr. Nanci Adler (NIOD).

Date: Tuesday 26 May, 2015

Time: 12.00-14.00

Location: Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, Room A.009

Adam Czarnota is professor of law at the University of New South Wales, Australia, the University of Bialystok, Poland, and the University of the Basque Country.
He directs the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Basque Country, Spain. He has published extensively on European Union legal strategies of dealing with the past; transitional justice in Central and Eastern Europe; theology, religion and the law and law and globalization.

Nanci Adler is Director of Research / Manager Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the NIOD. She is the author of, among others, Keeping Faith with the Party: Communist Believers Return from the Gulag (2012), The Gulag Survivor: Beyond the Soviet System (2002), and Victims of Soviet Terror: The Story of the Memorial Movement (1993), and numerous scholarly articles on the consequences of Stalinism. She heads the NIOD Transitional Justice Research Program, “Understanding the Age of Transitional Justice: Narratives in Historical Perspective.” Her current research focuses on transitional justice and the legacy of Communism.

Wouter Veraart is Wouter Veraart is Professor of Legal Philosophy and Director of Research at the Free University Amsterdam. In 2005, he obtained his PhD degree (cum laude) on ‘The Deprivation and Restitution of Property Rights during the Years of Occupation and Reconstruction in the Netherlands and in France’. For this book and related publications he received the Dirk Jacob Veegens Award in 2006. In 2007, he obtained a three-year Veni grant on the topic ‘Time, Restitution and the Law’ from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. In his inaugural lecture ‘The Passion for a Mundane Legal Order’, in 2009, he paid attention to the legal consequences of forgetting and remembering as collective answers to injustice of the past.

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