Holocaust, Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program

Ukraine-Poland-border Jawahir Al-Naimi courtesy Al Jazeera


Health Professions & Human Rights in Wartime

Photo: Ukraine, by Andrii Ovod,
Doctors Without Borders, 2022

April 17-21, 2023

The Legacy of the Holocaust for Medicine and War Crimes Today

Phillippe Sands

Our keynote speaker for the 2023 Days of Remembrance programming will be the prominent international lawyer, Queen’s Counsel, and multiple award-winning author, Philippe Sands. He is a professor of law at Harvard Law School and Directs the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London. Sands has worked closely with physicians documenting torture and medical war crimes, and he has argued multiple cases before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court.

He is the author of seventeen books, including Lawless World (2005) and Torture Team (2008). His book East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity (2016) has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. His latest book is The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justiceon the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive (2020). Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sands has written multiple influential op-eds on whether genocide and other war crimes are taking place there.

A detailed schedule for the Days of Remembrance program is in development, but mark your calendars now for Medical Grand Rounds with Prof. Sands at noon on April 19th 2023.


Health Professionals in the Nazi Era: Learn from the Past, Understand the Present, Protect the Future
Friday, January 27, 2023 from Noon-1:00pm (MT)

This lecture is presented annually for health science students and the public on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It provides core historical facts about health professional involvement in events leading up to and including the Holocaust, and it aims to prompt reflection on how this tragic history continues to affect health care ethics today. It is presented live (public health conditions permitting) and as a webinar.

Annual Panel Discussion
Friday, January 27, 2023 from 1:00-2:30pm (MT)

For International Remembrance Day, the HGCB program holds a 90-minute panel discussion on a contemporary topic that is of interest to those teaching and learning about the legacy of health professional involvement in Nazism and the Holocaust. The topic of the 2023 panel discussion is in development-check back soon for updates and RSVP.



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For more information, please contact Michael.Tortoro@cuanschutz.edu​ at (303) 724-7618 in the CU Office of Advancement or Meleah.Himber@cuanschutz.edu at (303) 724-8332.