Vaclav Havel, writer and well-known dissident of the communist rule in Czechoslovakia, and from 1989 to 2003 an iconic statesman, first of Czechoslovakia (1989) and then of the Czech Republic (1993) died at 75. The Velvet revolution, which he led, is remembered as one of the few peaceful transitions in Eastern Europe which took a few weeks to complete and where not a single bullet was fired. For a captivating tribute to President Havel’s life see an article in the NY Times by Dan Bilefsky and Jane Perlez here.
Rest in Peace, President Havel
Published in In Memoriam
I work at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights of the University of Oslo. Previously I have worked at the Amsterdam Center for International Law of the University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights of Utrecht University. During the last seventeen years I have done research, published and taught in the areas of international human rights, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and public international law at universities in the Netherlands, US, China, Albania and Norway.