The Hebrew University established the Max Kampelman Chair in Democracy and Human Rights in 2002, with the help of the Hebrew University’s Friends in the USA, Mr. Max Kampelman and the friends and family of Max Kampelman. The study of democracy and human rights in Israel and the Middle East is not only a tool to defend the individual, but also forms a successful mechanism to enhance and sustain trust, partnership and good relationships in both domestic and international politics. The Kampelman Chair seeks to contribute to this effort.
Mr. Kampelman (1921-2013) was a lawyer, a diplomat and an educator. Between 1985 and 1989 he was Counselor of the Department of State and Ambassador and Head of the USA delegation to the Negotiations with the USSR on Nuclear and Space Arms in Geneva. In 2000 he was among those receiving the first Library of Congress “Living Legend” award. In 1999 he was awarded (by President Clinton) the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the USA. In 1989 he was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal. Mr. Kampelman was also a great scholar and he published numerous books and articles in the field of international relations, American politics, and Human Rights.