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VI People in Portrait, 57 Francis Lieber (1798–1872)

Silja Vöneky

From: The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 31 March 2023

1648-1815 — 1815 to World War I — Use of force, war, peace and neutrality — International humanitarian law
The German-born Francis (originally Franz) Lieber referred to himself as a ‘philosophic historian’ and was not only one of the most important American jurists of his time but also a political philosopher, political scientist, and publicist.1 His significant impact on the development of international law and humanization of the laws of war contributed to his universal appreciation; this is evident in the 21st century even more than during his lifetime. Lieber was born in Berlin on 18 March 1798.2 He left Europe as a young man for North America where he died in New...
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