Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights


4 October 2017
18:00 - 19:30
Raadzaal, University College Roosevelt, Middelburg

Humanity at Sea: Guest lecture by Itamar Mann

Is it possible to connects the dots between the actions of Jewish migrants to Palestine after WWII, Vietnamese ‘boatpeople’, Haitian refugees seeking to reach Florida, Middle Eastern migrants and refugees bound to Australia, and Syrian refugees currently crossing the Mediterranean? Looking at all these various instances of maritime migration, Itamar Mann proposes a theory of human rights modelled around an encounter between individuals in which one of the parties is at great risk.

Itamar Mann is a senior lecturer at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law, where he primarily teaches international law. His research focuses on human rights, refugee and migration law, international criminal law, national security, and legal and political theory. His book “Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law” was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

This lecture is organized by the ‘Cities of Refuge’ project of Utrecht University (

The lecture is free and open to the public. Participants who are not UCR faculty or students are kindly requested to register with their name and institutional affiliation via email to