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Louis Henkin Dies at 92

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 ottobre 2010

Louis Henkin, a renowned Columbia Law School professor credited with founding the study of human rights law and inspiring generations of legal scholars, died this morning. He was 92. Henkin, University Professor Emeritus at Columbia Law School, was among the first and most forceful advocates of using the lens of the law to focus on a nation’s obligations to safeguard the equality and dignity of its citizens. “Lou was a towering figure here at the Law School, and his intellectual and personal contributions were immense,” said David M. Schizer, Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law. “Lou’s path-breaking work in constitutional and international law has influenced generations of leading jurists and advocates all over the world.”  A prolific scholar, Henkin’s numerous books, articles, and amicus briefs are cited in hundreds of federal and state court opinions. In 1993, a federal appellate judge referred to him as the “preeminent constitutional scholar in the area of international law.” Those sentiments were shared by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59, who said she was “powerfully influenced” by Henkin. In a 2006 tribute to mark the 50th anniversary of Henkin’s affiliation with Columbia University, she called him a “cherished friend.”

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