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VI People in Portrait, 65 Hersch Lauterpacht (1897–1960)

Iain Scobbie

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: 23 September 2023

World War I to World War II — Since World War II — Human rights
Hersch Lauterpacht was born on 16 August 1897 in Żółkiew in Eastern Galicia, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire which reverted to Poland in 1919.1 He died in London on 8 May 1960. Between 1916 and 1917 he studied law at the University of Lemberg (Lwów), and from 1919 at the University of Vienna, graduating Doctor Jur in 1921, before being awarded a doctorate in political science in 1922 for a dissertation examining the League mandate system.2 Hans Kelsen stated that Lauterpacht ‘was one of my best students when I was teaching General Theory of State and Austrian...
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