Judge Thomas Buergenthal

Fish Harnack Spring 2016 Speaker

The Mildred Fish-Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture is named after a Milwaukee native who was a UW–Madison student in the 1920s. While living in Germany, Fish-Harnack assisted in the escape of German Jews and political dissidents. She is the only American civilian executed under the personal instruction of Adolf Hitler, for her resistance to the Nazi regime. This lectureship is designed to promote greater understanding of human rights and democracy, and enrich international studies at UW-Madison. The lecture brings to campus a person who contributes to the cause of human rights through academic scholarship and/or active leadership.

Watch the PBS video on the Mildred Fish Harnack story: http://video.wpt.org/video/2243188017/

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April 20, 2016

Mildred Fish Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture: “The Annual Mildred Fish-Harnack Lecture" by Judge Thomas Buergenthal, former judge of the International Court of Justice and the former President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, 4:00pm, Rooms 325 & 326, Pyle Center, followed by an informal reception, sponsored by Human Rights Program, The International Division and Global Legal Studies Center. All are welcome. 

Attendance is free but please register here for planning purposes. Walk-ins are welcome too.

Portrait of Thomas Buergenthal

Judge Thomas Buergenthal

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