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Jurists UprootedGerman-Speaking Emigré Lawyers in Twentieth Century Britain$
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Jack Beatson and Reinhard Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270583.001.0001

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Hersch Lauterpacht (1897–1960)

Hersch Lauterpacht (1897–1960)

(p.601) Hersch Lauterpacht (1897–1960)
Jurists Uprooted

Martti Koskenniemi

Oxford University Press

Hersch Lauterpacht presented a methodologically complete vision of the whole field of public international law. His work set the themes and outlook, as well as the moral optimism associated with the profession, especially in Europe. Before 1923, when Lauterpacht arrived in Britain, very little existed in terms of institutional practices or academic doctrine of international law. By 1960, at his death, everything had been put in place. This chapter looks at the life of Lauterpacht, including his involvement in Zionism in Germany, the state of international law in Britain during his arrival from Germany, his time as a student and professor at the London School of Economics, his views on the League Covenant as an international constitution, his attempt to influence United States public opinion against the strict neutrality advocated by lawyers such as Charles Hyde and Edwin Borchard, his work on recognition in international law and on human rights, his appointment in the International Law Commission and International Court of Justice, and his naturalism.

Keywords:   Hersch Lauterpacht, international law, human rights, Germany, Zionism, United States, neutrality, naturalism

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