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Martin H:son Holmdahl Scholarship to theologian and lawyer

2017-11-29

The Martin H:son Holmdahl Scholarship is Uppsala University’s foremost award for action to promote human rights and freedoms. This year it goes to Elena Namli, Professor at the Department of Theology and the Institute of Russian and Eurasian Studies, and Jameson Garland, PhD, of the Department of Law.

Uppsala University’s most outstanding distinction for contributions to promoting human rights and freedoms, the Martin H:son Holmdahl Scholarship was set up in 2003 to mark the former Vice-Chancellor’s 80th birthday. Today, after Martin H:son Holmdahl’s death, it is still awarded annually in his memory. The Scholarship is for SEK 25,000.

The Scholarship can be awarded to employees or students at the University, individually or collectively. Nominations are received from the University’s faculties, departments and students, and a special scholarship board appointed by the Vice-Chancellor takes the decision.

For 2017, the scholarship board has decided that the Scholarship should be shared by Elena Namli, Professor at the Department of Theology and the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and Jameson Garland, PhD, of the Department of Law.

The board’s reasoning is as follows.

Jameson Garland’s thesis in medical law is a pioneering work that highlights the issue of gender correction in terms of children’s rights. In his doctoral studies and further work, including an expert report recently submitted to the Council of Europe, Dr Garland breaks new ground in medical law and for the international debate on these issues. He has actively helped to create the Human Rights Clinic at the Faculty of Law. In cooperation with Civil Rights Defenders, an independent expert organisation, the Clinic seeks to strengthen protection for the rights of particularly vulnerable groups.

Elena Namli, Professor of Ethics at the Department of Theology and research director at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, has had a central role in creating and developing the multidisciplinary Master Programme in Human Rights. Not least, she has been committed to helping students from non-privileged backgrounds. In her research Professor Namli has, in an exemplary way, contributed to a nuanced understanding of the role of rights in ethics and politics. She has made significant contributions in rights issues outside academia as well.

The award will be bestowed at the University’s Winter Conferment Ceremony on 26 January 2018.

 

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