The Life of Hersch Lauterpacht

The Life of Hersch Lauterpacht

By: Elihu Lauterpacht (author)Hardback

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Hersch Lauterpacht, of whom this book is an intimate biography by his son, Elihu, was one of the most prolific and influential international lawyers of the first half of the twentieth century. Having come to England from Austria in the early 1920s, he first researched and taught at the London School of Economics before moving to Cambridge in 1937 to become Whewell Professor of International Law. He did valuable work to enhance relations with the United States during the Second World War and was active after the war in the prosecution of William Joyce and the major Nazi war criminals. For ten years he was also involved in various significant items of professional work and in 1955 he was elected a judge of the International Court of Justice. The book contains many extracts from his correspondence, the interest of which will extend to lawyers, historians of the period and beyond.

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Sir Elihu Lauterpacht, CBE, QC has had a distinguished career in international law, combining teaching and practice on an extensive scale. He was called to the Bar in 1950, became a QC in 1970, and has practised extensively before the International Court of Justice and other international jurisdictions, as well as before the English courts. He was ad hoc judge in the Bosnia case before the International Court, has been an arbitrator in NAFTA, ICSID and other arbitrations, the President of the East African Market Tribunal, and a member of the Panel of the UN Compensation Commission, the World Bank and Asian Development Bank Administrative Tribunals and of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission.


Prologue and introduction; 1. Background and early years, 1897-1920; 2. Vienna: research, engagement and marriage, 1920-3; 3. England and the London School of Economics, 1923-37; 4. Cambridge, 1937-9: the Whewell Chair; 5. The War Years, Part I, September 1939-January 1941; 6. The war years, Part II, February 1941-March 1942; 7. The war years, Part III, April 1942-December 1944; 8. Human rights; 9. The years of practice 1945-50; 10. 1950-4; 11. The International Court of Justice, 1955-60; 12. Epilogue: the man; Appendix I. Sir Hersch Lauterpacht - published writings; Appendix II. Biographical and academic writings on Sir Hersch Lauterpacht QC; Appendix III. Obituaries of Sir Hersch Lauterpacht QC; Appendix IV. Chronology of significant events in the life of Sir Hersch Lauterpacht QC; Appendix V. Photo inventory.

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  • publication date: 07/10/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781107000414
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 518
  • ID: 9781107000414
  • weight: 1030
  • ISBN10: 1107000416

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