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 Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive (2020). Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sands has written multiple influential op-eds on genocide and other war crimes taking place there.

RECORDINGS:  International Holocaust Remembrance Day Presentation and Discussion on January 27, 2023.

How Healers Became Killers: Nazi Doctors and Modern Medical Ethics, presentation by Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH
This lecture provided 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.

Professional Complicity in the Holocaust:  What can the professions of today learn from each other? 
Tessa Chelouche, MD, Co-Director, Maimonides Institute and Chair of Bioethics, Haifa University, Israel
Mark Lukasiewicz, Dean, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra University
Don Smith, JD, Professor of the Practice, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver
Reverend Matt Stone, ThM, Rector, Calvary Episcopal Church
Moderator: Thorsten Wagner, Executive Director for Strategy and Academics, FASPE Ethics Program


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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.

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