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HOLLIS 601665

Sohn, Louis B. Papers, 1936-1979: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601665
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sohn, Louis B.
Title: Louis B. Sohn papers
Date(s): 1936-1978
Quantity: 150 boxes
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The materials in this collection relate to Sohn's career as a teacher and his other activities in the field of international law.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The papers of Louis B. Sohn, law professor, international mediator and legal scholar, were transferred to the Harvard Law School Library as a gift by Professor Sohn in contingents of varying sizes at periodic intervals.

Processing Information:

Prepared by Erika S. Chadbourn and Staff, June 1978; July 1985.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.

Historical/Biographical Information

Sohn, Louis Bruno, law professor, international mediator, legal scholar.
b. Lwow, Poland, March 1, 1914.
s. Joseph and Fryderyka (Hescheles) Sohn.
LL.M. and Dipolomatic Sc.M., John Casimir University, Lwow, Poland, 1935.
Research fellow, Institute of Private International Law, John Casimir University, 1935-1939.
Came to U.S., 1939, naturalized 1943.
m. Elizabeth Mayo.
LL.M., Harvard, 1940; S.J.D., 1958; Addison Brown Prize, 1941.
Research Associate of Judge Manley O. Hudson, Bemis Professor of International Law at the Harvard Law School, 1941-1946; Research fellow in international law, 1946-1947; lecturer in law, 1947-1951; assistant professor of law, 1951-1953; John Harvey Gregory Lecturer in World Organization, 1951-1981; professor of law, 1953-1961; Bemis Professor of International Law, 1961-1981; Woodruff Professor of International Law, University of Georgia School of Law, 1981-
Consultant, Naval War College, 1960-1963; U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1961-; Office of International Security Affairs, Department of Defense, 1963-
Assistant to delegation, Permanent Court of International Justice; San Francisco Conference of the United Nations, 1945.
Executive secretary, Subcommittee on Atomic Energy, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1946.
Assistant reporter on progressive development in international law, American and Canadian bar associations, 1947-1948.
Consultant, United Nations Secretariat, 1948, 1969; legal officer of the Codification Division, United Nations, 1950-1951.
Counselor, International Law, Department of State, 1970-1971.
U.S. Delegate to consecutive sessions of the U.N. Conference on the Law of the Sea, 1971-
Member: American Bar Association; American Society of International Law (member executive council 1954-1957; vice president 1965-1966); World Parliament Association (legal advisor 1954-1964); International Law Association (vice-president, American branch); American Law Institute; Federation of American Scientists (vice-chairman 1963, member council 1964-1965, 1968-1969); Commission to Study the Organization of Peace (chairman 1968-); Institute for International Order (board of directors 1965); National Citizens' Commission for International Cooperation (chairman 1965); American Academy of Arts and Sciences).
Honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy; honorary member, American Bar Association; "Hero of Peace" award, World Federalists of Canada, 1974.
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Scope and Contents

This collection spans the years 1936 to 1979, and includes correspondence; memoranda; agenda and minutes of meetings; reports; financial records; lists; documents; lecture and research notes; drafts; galleys; near-print manuscripts; notebooks; indexes; newspaper clippings and other printed items; and photos. Some of the material is in languages other than English.
The papers of Louis B. Sohn relate to his professional activities as a teacher and scholar in the field of international law; to his participation, in the U.S. and abroad, in conferences concerned with efforts toward world peace and international order and cooperation; to his role in the formation of the United Nations organization in particular, and his subsequent work on the United Nations Charter Revision and United Nations commissions concerned with such problem areas as human rights and the law of the sea; to his formulation, with the late Grenville Clark, of a concept of a "world peace through world law," and their translation of their ideas into a basic treatise by that name; to speaking engagements concerned with disarmament, peacekeeping and international responsibility of States for injuries to aliens; and to his membership in all of the major professional organizations, and committees of other organizations, in the field of international law. There is a small group of notes and seminar papers of Louis B. Sohn while he was engaged in graduate work at Harvard, and another small group consisting of biographical items such as sketches for various biographical reference works, travel itineraries and family letters.
Correspondence includes both letters received and carbons of letters sent. It consists mainly of correspondence with colleagues, publishers, law review editors, students, alumni, and other internationalists. Among Professor Sohn's correspondents are: Henry B. Cabot; Grenville Clark; Alan Cranston; Manley O. Hudson; Philip C. Jessup; William L. Ransom.
The material created by Professors Sohn and Richard R. Baxter in connection with their project Codification of International Law Relating to the Responsibility of States was placed with the Manley O. Hudson Papers (Harvard Law School Library), Series: Harvard Law School Research in International Law (Addenda): Responsibility of States, MS Box 58-1 to MS Box 67-11; these folders contain drafts, documents, Articles, and comments on Articles.

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Additional Index Terms

Law -Study and teaching.
Civil rights.
International law -Study and teaching.
Freedom of the seas.
International law.
Law teachers.
Cabot, Henry Bromfield, 1894-
Clark, Grenville, 1882-1967.
Cranston, Alan MacGregor.
Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886-
Jessup, Philip Caryl, 1897-
Ransom, William L.
Sohn, Louis B.
United Nations.