Morten Kjærum is the Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and adjunct Professor at Aalborg University. Appointed by the UN Secretary General he serves at the UN Board of Trustees of the Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights and of the Universal Periodic Review Trust Fund for Financial and Technical Assistance. He is member of the Board of Trustees of the Swedish youth organization ‘Fryshuset’ and board member of the U-based Center for Democracy and Technology, CDT.
Morten was the first Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and was founding director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights. He started his career in the Danish Refugee Council. Morten has been a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination as well as Chair of the Network of Directors of EU Agencies and Chair of the International Coordinating Committee for National Human Rights Institutions. For six years he served as Chairperson of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles.
He has published extensively on a variety of human rights issues and in particular on topics related to refugee protection and inclusion.
Updated April 2023
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Pre-Genocide - Warnings and Readiness to Protect
An anthology of personal interpretations, by researchers and writers, about alarm bells and the readiness to protect prior to genocides. The essays in this volume focus on the 1930s before the Holocaust in Germany, Poland, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark - as well as the years before the genocides in Armenia, Cambodia, Kurdistan, Rwanda and Bosnia.
We will discuss Idealism vs. Pragmatism with Humanity in Action Denmark board member and Director of Raoul Wallenberg Inst. for Human Rights, Morten Kjærum. Is idealism or pragmatism the better way to change the world to the better? Should you always seek dialogue or is it sometimes better to stay strong on core principles?