‘Het kleine rotspaadje dat we bewandelen’. Rechtshistorici uit de Lage Landen (17) | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1566-7146
  • E-ISSN: 2667-1611



This 2021 interview with emeritus professor Laurens Winkel from the Erasmus University at Rotterdam, shines a light on the life and work of this internationally recognized legal history scholar, born in The Hague in 1949. Professor Winkel talks about his study years, his love for history and philosophy, and his fascination for trains, underlining, modestly, how a life or career path can be the result of many coincidences. He refers to Langemeijer, Pitlo and other professors at the University of Amsterdam, and the role of Theo Mayer-Maly and his promotor Hans Ankum for his PhD on . The interviewee tells some funny anecdotes, points out how he faced some interesting international challenges during his early career, and explains how his own family history, being of Jewish descent, brought him to academically guide several on aspects of post-WWII transitional justice, and to found the .


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