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Hersch Lauterpacht : biography

08 1897 - 8 May 1960

Sir Hersch Lauterpacht (16 August 1897 – 8 May 1960) was a member of the United Nations' International Law Commission from 1952 to 1954 and a Judge of the International Court of Justice from 1955 to 1960. In the words of former ICJ President Stephen M. Schwebel, Judge Sir Hersch Lauterpacht's "attainments are unsurpassed by any international lawyer of this century [...] he taught and wrote with unmatched distinction".S.M. Schwebel, International Arbitration: Three Salient Problems, xiii (Hersch Lauterpacht Memorial Lectures 1987) Sir Hersch's writings and (concurring and dissenting) opinions continue, nearly 50 years after his death, to be cited frequently in briefs, judgments, and advisory opinions of the World Court. He famously said "international law is at the vanishing point of law."http://books.google.com/books?id=jOG9eCMiX_kC&pg=PA195&lpg=PA195&dq=%22International+law+is+at+the+vanishing+point+of+law.%22&source=bl&ots=avOsQxzxD1&sig=ZmOF_908cfD-ov3rPDFkI5XKQBA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xqUvUdm8Fam02AXI84HYDA&ved=0CD4Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=%22International%20law%20is%20at%20the%20vanishing%20point%20of%20law.%22&f=false

The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom is named after him. His son, Sir Elihu Lauterpacht, CBE, QC, who founded the Centre, was its first director and remains actively involved in its work as Director Emeritus and an Honorary Professor of International Law.

Major works

  • The Function of Law in the International Community, Oxford, 1933;
  • The Development of International Law by the International Court, London, 1958
  • Oppenheim's International Law, Vol. 1, 8th ed., 1958
  • Sir Gerald Fitzmaurice, , Part I. 37 British Yearbook of International Law 1-72, 1961; Part II, 38 British Yearbook of International Law 1-84, 1962; Part III, 39 British Yearbook of International Law 133-189, 1963
  • Annual Digest and Reports of Public International Law Cases, Vols. 1-16, subsequently continued as International Law Reports, Vols. 17-24
  • as reviewed by H.E. Former ICJ President Stephen M. Schwebel, in
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