The Cleveringa Institute derives its name from Rudolph Cleveringa, LL.M., Professor of Commercial Law and Civil Procedural Law, and Dean of the Faculty of Law during the Second World War. He acquired fame as a consequence of his speech on 26 November 1940 in which he denounced the measures taken by the Nazis to remove Jewish professors from the University. He was twice imprisoned by the Germans during the course of the war.
How Leiden University reopened after the war
Students were able to continue their studies in September 1945 after the University had been closed for several years during the Second World War. Thi...
Student in war time
Jacques Waisvisz (98) is one of our oldest living alumni. As a Jewish student in the Second World War, he was forbidden from completing his studies. H...
Doctors and citizens under fire in conflict zones
It is time for the international community to put a stop to war crimes – especially against medical personnel, argued international chair of Doctors W...
Cleveringa professor Joanne Liu to give extra lecture
Cleveringa professor Joanne Liu, international president of Artsen Zonder Grenzen, will give an extra lecture on 24 November. The subject will be how ...
Doctor Joanne Liu to be new Cleveringa lecturer
Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières, is the Cleveringa professor for the 2016-2017 academic year. She will deliver the ann...
How Sir Winston Churchill became a Leiden Honorary Doctor
Leiden University awarded Sir Winston Churchill on 10 May 1946 an Honorary Doctorate in Law. Churchill's speech of thanks showed typical British humou...
Field of honour full of life
The four thousand war victims buried at the Netherlands Field of Honour at Loenen include a number of Leiden students who were in the Resistance. The ...
Donner warns against a weak European Union
The refugee crisis and terror threats call for better European cooperation, was the message from Piet Hein Donner in his Cleveringa lecture on 26 Nove...
Cleveringa lecture: ‘Values under threat from disintegrating European collaboration’
Collaboration within Europe is currently at a low ebb. This is threatening to undermine our freedom and the rights that are anchored in the European l...
Four short films about four centuries of freedom at Leiden University
Four videos tell the story of the history of Leiden University. The films were premiered on 2 November during the Leiden Film Festival.