Niké Wentholt is a historian with an interdisciplinary profile. She works as postdoc researcher at the University of Humanistic Studies. She completed her Master’s in Russian and East European Studies at Oxford University and has since combined her interests in transitional justice, politics of the past, and narrative research in her PhD project and teaching.
DIALOGICS OF JUSTICE
As a postdoc in the Dialogics of Justice project, she will conduct a socio-legal analysis to explore new ways of thinking about recognition of repair. Her priority will be to map the legal grounds for the four cases. Departing from insights of legal anthropology and other interdisciplinary fields, she will aim towards a more grounded understanding of translation and transformation in (legal) recognition procedures. It is her aim to synthesize the empirical findings from all four research cases to design a toolbox. This toolbox will help stakeholders to grasp the complexities as well as opportunities of recognition and reparation procedures.
After her studies in History, Niké Wentholt has focussed on building an interdisciplinary research profile. After her Master, she found the same mix of political, sociological and historical approaches in her doctoral project at the University of Groningen. Funded by NWO, her PhD research studied politics of the past in Bulgaria and Serbia. She combined her academic work with more applied research projects into memory politics and transitional justice for the OSCE Mission to Serbia and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa.
03/02/2022 Empathy from the Court is not enough when the State refuses to recognise institutional failures. In an op-ed in Trouw, Niké Wentholt and Nicole Immler analyse missed opportunities in ruling on Birthmothers v The State. Comparing the ruling in the case of the Birthmothers (Afstandmoeders) with other cases such as Foundation Japanese Honour Debts, the authors […]Lees verder
15/06/2021 Opinion piece from Niké Wentholt & Marrit Woudwijk in Dutch newspaper Trouw. They argued that two recent legal developments with regard to the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica demonstrate the limitations of legal procedures and therefore this momentum should be used as an opportunity for a broader debate on recognition and justice. Link: Het gesprek […]Lees verder
Some say that talking about the past of slavery polarises. The opposite appears true. At the Keti koti dialogue tables happening all over the Netherlands currently, we talk together about the role of this history in our lives now, and in the society we are part of. This creates a shared narrative: our past of slavery connects usLees verder
Niké Wentholt & Luna Bonvie. In May 2021, the Dutch district court in The Hague came to a long-awaited conclusion in a so-called ‘climate case’, deciding in favour of a group of Dutch plaintiffs and ordering oil-corporation Royal Dutch Shell to reduce its CO2 emissions by net 45% within 10 years. Although the ruling is […]Lees verder