Raoul Wallenberg Day
October 5th marks Raoul Wallenberg Day. This is
the day he was awarded United States citizenship in 1981, posthumously.
(The second person to receive this honor after Winston Churchill).
Part of 15th Street, SW in Washington, D.C., the section where the United
States Holocaust Memorial Museum is located, is named Raoul Wallenberg Place.
Raoul Wallenberg (1912-1947) was a Swedish diplomat who
worked in Budapest, Hungary, during World War II to rescue Jews from the
Holocaust; he saved tens of thousands of them. The Raoul Wallenberg Institute
of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law located in Lund, Sweden, is an independent academic institution named in his
honor. The mission of the institute is “to promote universal respect for human
rights and humanitarian law by means of research, academic education,
dissemination and institutional development.”
One of the important human rights resources in the Yale Law Library is the Raoul Wallenberg Institute Human
Rights Library. A recent example from this monographic series is International
Human Rights Monitoring Mechanisms: Essays in Honour of Jakob Th. Moller. In conjunction with Martinus Nijhoff, the
Institute publishes four serials: the Baltic Yearbook of International Law, the Chinese Yearbook of Human Rights, the Nordic Journal of International Law, and the International Journal of Minority
and Group Rights.
----- Daniel Wade
Religion, Race, Rights
arrival in the Foreign and International Law Collection is Religion, Race, Rights:
Landmarks in the History of Modern Anglo-American Law (Oxford/Portland,OR: Hart, 2010).
Eve Darian Smith, Professor
of Global & International Studies at the University of California Santa
Barbara, author of Bridging
Divides: The Channel Tunnel and English Legal Identity in the New Europe (Berkeley: University of California Press,
1999), the book draws upon eight landmark legal decisions, beginning with
Martin Luther and the trial of Charles I, to demonstrate that our concept of justice
evolves over time and is connected to economic power, social values, and moral
sensibilities that are not universal. By doing this, the author underscores the
cultural specificity of western legal concepts and showsthat they cannot be
used in all cultural contexts, and that legal rights are shaped by prevailing
notions about race and religion.
book is noteworthy for its many illustrations, and note that it is not classed
with books on religion, race, or rights, but with books on the history and
theory of the common law (K588 .D37 2010, UES)