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Cleveringa Meetings 2022

More than eighty years ago, professor Cleveringa read aloud his now famous protest speech in the Great Auditorium. He denounced the measure taken by the German occupiers of removing all Jewish professors from their posts.

In collaboration with the Cleveringa committees, we organise live and hybrid (live and online) meetings on and around 26 November, to commemorate professor Cleveringa's brave speech. 

Live from Leiden

From the Great Auditorium, in the same place where professor Cleveringa gave his impassioned speech, we will broadcast a live event  entirely in English  on Monday 28 November. More information about the speakers and the event can be found on the university website

Below you'll find all the English (and German) Cleveringa Meetings across the globe. Perhaps you speak Dutch as well? Then please have a look at the other Cleveringa Meetings you can join. 

“A tribunal for aggression against Ukraine: moral-legal imperative or ‘science fiction’?”

Speaker: prof.dr. Niels Blokker
Language: English

Date Monday 28 November
Location

Residence of the Dutch Ambassador (details after registration)

Time 18.30 hrs
Costs no costs
Register via btl@minbuza.nl

Do you have any questions? Please let us know via ondrej.krizko@minbuza.nl

About the lecture

Following WW II and the judgments of the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals, it has taken many years before the time was ripe to establish the International Criminal Court. But when this happened, in 1998, the Court was still incomplete. At the time, no agreement could be reached on the crime of aggression, even though the Nuremberg Tribunal had referred to it as “the supreme international crime”. It took until 2010 to reach agreement on the crime of aggression. However, currently the ICC cannot prosecute the crime of aggression against Ukraine. Is the establishment of a special aggression tribunal a viable alternative? A more general theme of the lecture will be the role played by individuals and the relevance of international institutions.

Speakerprof.dr. Mineke Schipper
Date: Thursday 24 November
Language: English

Additional information will be published on this website as soon as it is known. Do you have any questions? Please let us know via cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl.

The right and left of emotion and behavior

Speaker: dr. Ruthie Pliskin
Language: English

Date Monday 28 November
Location

Online

Time 17.00 IL time (16.00 NL time)
Costs no costst
Register Register here

Do you have any questions? Please let us know via cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl.

Taking rights seriously: opportunities and constraints ensuing from a rights-based approach to climate policy

Speaker: mr.dr. Daniëlla Dam
Date: 30 November
Language: English

Do you have any questions or would you like to register? Please let us know via cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl.

About the lecture

In July 2022, the UN General Assembly adopted a historic resolution declaring access to a clean and healthy environment a universal human right, while it also reaffirms “that States have the obligation to respect, protect and promote human rights, including in all actions undertaken to address environmental challenges…”. Similar language can be found in the 2015 Paris Agreement, which stipulates in its preamble that “Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights…”. These instruments clearly show the complex balancing exercise that States need to undertake when they address environmental challenges. On the one hand, States must take robust environmental action to conform with their obligations under human rights law. On the other hand, when doing so, States must prevent that their environmental policies impact on human rights. This leads to practical dilemmas. How, for instance, to satisfy the demand for materials such as lithium and cobalt needed for the production of renewable energy without infringing on the livelihood opportunities of local communities living in resource rich regions? Or how to ensure, in the midst of an energy crisis, access to affordable energy for all without resorting to environmentally destructive practices, such as scale gas mining? These examples reflect the complexities that are integral to a human rights approach to environmental conservation. This lecture will zoom in on these complexities and explore the opportunities and limitations of international law in addressing them.

Multilingualism, Language Endangerment, and Language Vitality

Speaker: prof.dr. Marian Klamer
Language: English

Date Wednesday 9 November
Location

Lecture Hall, A20 Building, 9th Floor | Universitas Negeri Malang

Programme 13:30-13:50 Registration

14:00-14:04 Welcoming remarks & Opening Universitas Negeri Malang
14:05-14:09 Opening remarks Leiden University Indonesia + Cleveringa video
14:10-14:29 Presentation I
14:30-14:49 Presentation II
14:50-15:19 Q & A (with the possibility of 5-10 minutes extension)
15:20-15:29 Token of appreciations
15:30 Closing

Costs No costs
To register Via cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl

Questions? Please contact us at cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl.

Speakers:

Marian Klamer
• Professor of Austronesian and Papuan Linguistics | Leiden University
• Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Nurenzia Yannuar (Leiden Alumna)
• Assistant Professor | Universitas Negeri Malang
• Member of Indonesian Young Academy of Science, ALMI

Increasing Polarisation: Is There a Cure?

Speakers: prof.dr. Kutsal Yesilkagit and professor Dominique Moïsi
Language: English

Date Monday 28 November
Location

Academy Building (Rapenburg 73, Leiden)

Start

7.30 pm: Coffee and tea for all people attending in person
8 pm: Start of the debate and online streaming
9.15 pm: End of meeting and online streaming, start drinks for the attending guest

Costs

€ 12.50 p.p. for student members of LUF (coffee, lecture & drinks)
€ 15.- p.p. for other students (coffee, lecture & drinks)
€ 17.50 p.p. for alumni (coffee, lecture & drinks)
No costs for online attendance

Register Register here for attending the live event in the Academy Builing, Leiden
Register here for online streaming on your computer

Do you have any questions? Please contact cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl.

Increasing Polarisation: Is there a Cure?

All over the world, polarisation is on the rise. In an international context, we see the walls that fell at the end of the Cold War being rebuilt in other forms. The war in Ukraine and rising tensions between China and Taiwan are the most shocking examples. But even within countries, bridges between groups would seem to be breaking down: people are less and less willing to understand each other, and fierce language and harsh actions are increasing. In the US, supporters and opponents of abortion, and supporters and opponents of Trump, have long since stopped speaking to each other. In our country, farmers literally use heavy means – tractors and agricultural machines – to bolster their protests, while in parliament, language more and more sharpens divisions and makes compromise impossible.

Is there a way back to start talking with each other again? That is the question we will put to two professors at the 2022 Leiden Cleveringa meeting. In the past, we were able to channel major conflicts of interest through the Dutch polder model. Can we fall back on that again, or has polarisation already increased too much? What would the alternative be? Are there other ways to take the sting out of conflicts? Until 20 years ago, Dutch parliament chairs intervened if the word ‘lie’ was used, now they are struggling to stop unacceptable comparisons with the Second World War, threats of tribunals and qualifications like ‘spy’ and ‘murderer’ for a cabinet minister, not to mention major disturbances. The many small parties in the Dutch parliament would seem to need verbal violence to make themselves audible and visible. In Germany, they limit these by an electoral threshold. Should we go that way too, or are there other solutions?

Speakers

Professor Dominique Moïsi is a senior advisor of the Paris-based Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI) and Visiting Professor at King’s College London. At Leiden University he is the first holder of the Owada chair, which focuses on interaction between international law and international relations through interdisciplinary approaches. Moïsi has published extensively on polarisation and the role of emotions in political discourse and international relations.

As a professor of International Governance, Kutsal Yesilkagit is driven by a desire to understand how political-administrative systems work. He researches how politicians, civil servants and public institutions influence the outcomes of policies and social events, and thereby the lives of individual citizens and groups. He is also one of the instigators of a new research programme on politics and governing in polarized societies at Leiden University.

Migration control in Mexico: The crossroads of geopolitical and humanitarian dilemmas

Speaker: dr. Amalia Campos Delgado
Language: English

Date Tuesday 22 November
Location

Residence Dutch Ambassador to Mexico

Time Reception: 7 pm
Lecture: 8 pm
Costs No costs
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Do you have any questions? Please let us know via cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl.

The aggression against Ukraine : what is expected of bystanders?

Speaker: prof.dr. Larissa van den Herik
Language: English
 

Date Friday 9 December
Location Salon Francois-Chevrette, Faculté de droit. Université de Montréal 
Time 3pm-5pm
Register Register here


Do you have any questions? Please let us know via cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl

About the lecture

The lecture discusses the response of the international community to the aggression against Ukraine. What are the rights and obligations of states; what should they do to end this gross violation of international law? The lecture builds on a recent recommendation from the Advisory Committee on International Issues (CAVV), chaired by Professor Van den Herik.

 

Griechisch ohne Grenzen: Macht, Migration und Literatur in der Römischen Welt

Speakerprof.dr. Casper de Jonge
Language: German

Date Friday 25 November
Location

LMU (Geschwister Schollplatz 1, 80539 München)

Time 6 pm
Costs No costs (a small contribution would be much appreciated)
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If you've any questions, please mail them to cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl.

Europe after the Zeitenwende

SpeakerProf.dr. Luuk van Middelaar
Language: English

Datum Monday 5 December
Location

‘Hall of Patriots’ at the Karolinum

Aanvang

17:00 – 17:05: welcome by Prof. dr. Milena Králíčková, Rector of the Karelsuniversity
17:05 – 17:15: welcome by the Ambassador Daan Huisinga and Michael Žantovský, Director Vacláv Havelbibiliotheek
17:20 – 17:50: lecture by Prof. dr. Luuk van Middelaar
17:50 – 18:30: dialoog Van Middelaar and Žantovský, Q&A
18:30: drinks at Karolinum

Kosten no costs, but only by invitation due to limites capacity.
Aanmelden Interested? Please contact us via cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl

Weaving the lines of education and disability support

Speaker: prof.dr. Maretha de Jong
Language: English

Date

Tuesday 15 November
Location NIMAR ( 3, Avenue Mohamed El Fassi  10010 Hassan Rabat, Morocco)
Time 7 pm
Costs No costs
Sign up Free, but please be so kind to register via nimar@hum.leidenuniv.nl 

Do you have any questions? Please send an e-mail to nimar@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Why I left Russia

Speaker: dr. Maxim Osipov
Language: English

Date Tuesday 22 November
Location

KR&ZV De Maas (Veerdam 1, Rotterdam)

Time

5.30 pm: Reception of dinner guests
7 pm: Dinner
7.30 pm: Reception other guests
9 pm: Start lecture
9.30 pm: Drinks

Costs

37.50 euros: Lecture, dinner and drinks
15.- euros: Lecture and drinks

Sign up To the registration form

Do you have any questions? Please let us know via cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl

About the speaker

Maxim Osipov received his medical training at the Russian National Research Medical University. In the early 1990s, he was a research fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. Upon returning to Moscow, he continued to practice medicine and co-authored a book on clinical cardiology. Next to his work as a doctor, Osipov founded a publishing house called Practica, specialized in medical, musical, and theological publications. In 2007 he wrote a lyrical essay in the journal Znamya which kickstarted his career as a writer. Osipov has since published several works of fiction and non-fiction that have been translated in 18 languages including Dutch. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he left Russia for Europe. In 2022 Osipov was invited by Leiden University to become its next guest writer and lecturer starting in September that same year.

Maxim Osipov: 'The comparison of my home country with Germany in the mid-’30s was even more accurate than we thought. Although then and perhaps even long before Russian society was internally prepared to a catastrophe: each generation of Russians experienced its own catastrophe. We can say, that Russia has not survived the 20th century, which can be proven even statistically, and the war the Russia wages against independent Ukraine will only accelerate Russia’s degradation and disintegration. Wishing defeat to a country where I was born and grew up is hard, but the alternative is much scarier.'

Terror, Crisis & Lawmaking: The Perverted Effects of Exceptionalism

Speakerprof.dr. Maartje van der Woude
Language: English

Date Wednesday 23 November
Location

Online

Time

8 pm (Singapore time) and 1 pm (Dutch time)

Costs

No costs

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Do you have any questions? Please let us know via cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl.

Terror, Crisis & Lawmaking: The Perverted Effects of Exceptionalism

Times seem to have become ever more turbulent – While on the one hand reaping the gains of increased mobility and a growing interconnectedness, these developments at the same time give rise to (new) security risks. By taking the case of terrorism and counterterrorism as a point of departure, in this talk I will discuss the challenges that lawmakers encounter in addressing these (new) high impact and high risks through new criminal justice laws and policies. In so doing I will reflect upon the security trade-offs that are being made at the cost of minority groups and communities. Is a more deliberative process of lawmaking possible in exceptional and insecure times.

Speaker: prof.dr. Antoaneta Dimitrova

Location:

 

Auditorium 210 I Prof. Konstantin Katsarov, New Bulgarian University, 21 Montevideo str., Sofia

Time and program:        

Friday, 25 November, 2022

11:20 – 12:50 hrs;

An emailadress for more information:

 

e.gurova@nbu.bg; kpostagian@nbu.bg

Costs and how to pay:

 

Free entrance

Registration:

 

Not required

 

About the lecture and speaker

Summary:

As we commemorate the civil courage of professor Cleveringa to stand up to the occupation forces in defense of his colleague and mentor, professor Meijers in November 1940 at Leiden university, we reflect on threats to freedom today. The Cleveringa lecture is an occasion to talk about the threats to democracy that we face today and how we – as an academic community, students and professors  - can use our competences, our knowledge and expertise, to stand up for freedom.

The Speaker:     

Antoaneta L. Dimitrova is Professor of Comparative Governance at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs and the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs of Leiden University. Her work has focused on the democratic and state transformations of the post-communist states of Central and Eastern Europe and the role of the European Union in this process. She has been a scholar of EU enlargement, especially the EU’s eastern enlargement in 2004-2007. Antoaneta Dimitrova has published numerous articles in leading academic journals such as Journal of European Public Policy, European Union Politics, Democratization, West European Politics. She is a founding director of the Central and East European Studies centre at Leiden University, member of the Steering Committee of the Standing Group on the European Union of the European Consortium of Political Science Research and a member of the Board of Governors of the European Humanities University.

The Moderator:

Prof. Desislava Boshnakova is Chair of Department of Media and Communication at the New Bulgarian University and MA in theater directing at NBU. She is a blogger, podcaster, avid TED fan, curator and speaker. She is the author of PR-overbs, 13 Stories of W, and Collective Wisdom: Crowdsourcing, and co-author of The 21st Century Meeting and Event Technologies: Powerful Tools for Better Planning, Marketing, and Evaluation. She is a Honorary Member of the Bulgarian Public Relations Association. She has been the Project leader for development of a Code of Ethics for the PR profession, leader of the Bulgarian team for the development of the ISO 20121 global standard for sustainable events and speaker at a number of conferences in the field of communications. She is a translator and publisher of specialized literature in the field of communications.

The Ukraine War: what opportunities for further action under the Uniting for Peace Resolution?

Speaker: prof.dr. Nico Schrijver
Language: English
 

Date Friday 25 November
Location the Embassy of the Netherlands on Götgatan 16a
Time

13:45 – 14:00    Walk-in with coffee
14:00 – 14:05    Welcome by Ambassador Bengt van Loosdrecht
14:05 – 14:20    Introductory remarks by Professor Nico Schrijver
14:20 – 15:30    Round table discussion

Register via hanna.peterson@minbuza.nl

Do you have any questions? Please let us know via cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl

 

Global State of Suspicion and the Creation of the Crimmigrant Other

Speakerprof.dr. Maartje van der Woude
Language: English

Date Thursday 24 November
Location Nederlandse Residentie, 6 rue Erckmann Chatrian
Time 6 pm
Costs No costs
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Do you have any questions? Please send an e-mail to STR@minbuza.nl

Global State of Suspicion and the Creation of the Crimmigrant Other

In this lecture, Prof. van der Woude will reflect upon what is called the Western Liberal Paradox or, in other words, the predicament that Western Liberal Democracies are experiencing regarding migration and mobility. Whereas the economic benefits of globalization and - in the context of Europe - free movement is wholeheartedly embraced, countries are, at the same time, struggling with the risks that are also associated with increased mobility and openness. Van der Woude will argue that this tension has created a global state of suspicion towards specific groups that are - explicitly or implicitly - branded as so-called 'crimmigrants'. The aim of this talk is to shed critical light on the ongoing politicization of migration and border control and the real-life implications thereof for those working within and captured by the migration control regimes. 

A tribunal for aggression against Ukraine: moral-legal imperative or ‘science fiction’?

Speaker: prof.dr. Niels Blokker
Language: English

Date Tuesday 29 November
Location Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wenen
Time 18.30 hrs
Register via wen-pd@minbuza.NL

Do you have any questions? Please let us know via wen-pd@minbuza.NL

About the lecture

On 26 November 1940, at a time when the Netherlands was under Nazi occupation, Dean Cleveringa of the Leiden Law Faculty spoke out against the occupiers’ order to dismiss Jewish professors from Leiden University. His courageous protest is commemorated in ‘Cleveringa lectures’ that are organized each year around the end of November all over the world, devoted to themes such as Zivilcourage, the rule of law, international peace and security, human rights and criminal justice.

This Cleveringa Lecture in Vienna will discuss the proposal to establish a tribunal for aggression against Ukraine. Following WW II and the judgments of the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals, it has taken many years before the time was ripe to establish the International Criminal Court. But when this happened, in 1998, the Court was still incomplete. At the time, no agreement could be reached on the crime of aggression, even though the Nuremberg Tribunal had referred to it as “the supreme international crime”. It took until 2010 to reach agreement on the crime of aggression. However, currently the ICC cannot prosecute the crime of aggression against Ukraine. Is the establishment of a special aggression tribunal a viable alternative? A more general theme of the lecture will be the role played by individuals and the relevance of international institutions.

Staying on course in stormy times: Professor Cleveringa and the rule of law

Speaker: prof.dr. Rick Lawson
Date: Saturday 26 November
Language: English

Do you have any questions? Please let us know via cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl.

Staying on course in stormy times: Professor Cleveringa and the rule of law

On 26 November 1940, at a time that his country was under Nazi occupation, Dean Cleveringa spoke out against the occupiers’ order to dismiss Jewish professors from university. His courageous protest was an expression, not only of solidarity among colleagues and friends, but also of a principled belief in the values of equal treatment, freedom of religion, respect for the law - core tenets of a democracy governed by the rule of law. What can we learn today from prof. Cleveringa’s example?

Keeping in touch

If you are you an alumnus and you didn’t receive an invitation to the (online) Cleveringa Meeting in your area previous years, we will be happy to check whether we have your most up-to-date contact details on file. Just send a message to cleveringa@luf.leidenuniv.nl.

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