Pieter H. Bakker Schut Papers

Biographical / Historical Note

Pieter Herman Bakker Schut; born in Haarlem 31 March, 1941, died in Amsterdam 13 October, 2007; after law studies in Leiden, became a well known law teacher, law critic, and lawyer; defended in controversial court cases students who had occupied the Maagdenhuis, the administrative centre of Amsterdam University, and Lucien van Hoesel , an early member of Holland’s Red Youth; one of the instigators of the so-called Sociale Advocatuur, a subsidized network of lawyers providing legal aid for a small fee, and one of the founders of the Coornhert-Liga, an organization advocating numerous legal reforms; while teaching at the Willem Pompe Institute in Utrecht, moderated a prestigious television-series on law, 'Kort Geding'; shared several law offices with his wife Adèle van der Plas and other ‘political’ lawyers such as Ties d’Oliveira-Prakken ; for a period of 30 years, defended prisoners from the German Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF) and their struggles in prison; lawyer of RAF-members Ronald Augustin , Andreas Baader and Heidi Schulz ; one of the founders of the Medisch-Juridisch Comité Politieke Gevangenen; also defended the German lawyer Klaus Croissant , one of the attorneys in lawsuits against the RAF, in several legal procedures; during the last years of his life, involved in famous Dutch court cases such as those against arms trader Mink Kok and the Kurdish businessman Hüseyin Baybasin ; obtained his Ph.D. with a case study on the trial against the RAF in Stuttgart-Stammheim, which has become the standard work on political trials in Germany during the 1970s: Der Prozess gegen die Rote Armee Fraktion; Die notwendige Korrektur der herrschenden Meinung 1986.


Documents on the Rote Armee Fraktion: copies of minutes, records and verdict of the trial against Andreas Bader , Gudrun Ensslin , Ulrike Meinhoff and Jan-Carl Raspe , Stuttgart-Stammheim 21 May 1975-28 April 1977.

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