September 11, 2018

Standing on the steps of Southern District of New York after oral argument before Judge Swain, from left to right: Plaintiff Johannes Isaack, Chief and Chairman of the Nama Traditional Authorities Association; Kenneth F. McCallion, Lead Attorney and Adjunct Professor; Plaintiff Vekuii Rukoro, Paramount Chief of the Ovaherero People and Representative of the Ovaherero Traditional Authority; and Professor Richard Weisberg. 

September 11, 2018 - Professor Richard Weisberg is of counsel for the Nama and Herero people of Namibia in the case, Rukoro v. Republic of Germany. The case seeks reparations for the Nama and Herero genocide that took place in the early 20th century by the German Empire. The New York Times mentions the case in its September 11, 2018 article "The Big Hole in Germany's Nazi Reckoning? Its Colonial History." The article states that "Germany has yet to come to terms with its violent colonial legacy in Africa, which laid the groundwork for and inspired Nazi atrocities."

Professor Weisberg's case is before U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain in the Southern District of New York, with her decision on Weisberg's motion in opposition to Germany's motion to dismiss currently pending. 

Read "The Big Hole in Germany’s Nazi Reckoning? Its Colonial History" in The New York Times