VI People in Portrait, 57 Francis Lieber (1798–1872)
Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters
- 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...