On 15 December 2014 Martha Minow, the Dean of Harvard Law School, gave the fifth Koningsberger Lecture, entitled 'Upstanders, Whistleblowers, and Rescuers: Who are They and Who are We?' Upstanders are people who make a stand for what they believe in, even if they do so alone. For example, they openly speak out against discrimination and injustice or reveal abuses and malpractice (whistleblowers). These people take risks, for example of rejection or reprisals, and it can take an enormous toll on them, in terms of time, money and emotion. What is it that motivates some people to act in this way? And can we encourage such conduct, for example through education?
About Martha Minow
Martha Minow is the Morgan and Helen Chu Professor of Law and Dean of Harvard Law School. She is an expert in human rights and advocacy for racial and religious minorities, women, children and the disabled. She publishes and teaches on the subject of privatisation, military law and ethnic and religious conflicts. In 2009 Minow, who once taught Barack Obama at Harvard, was nominated by the US President for the Board of the Legal Services Corporation, where she now serves as vice-president.