Louis Henkin

Louis Henkin

Louis Henkin is a former president of the American Society of International Law and University Professor emeritus at Columbia Law School. He is now the chairman of the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. Additionally, he is widely considered one of the most influential contemporary scholars of international law.


Henkin is a 1937 graduate of Yeshiva College and a class of 1940 LL.B graduate of Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter (on his difficulties in Sabbath observance when clerking for the Supreme Court, seethe story [http://www.jewishsf.com/content/2-0-/module/displaystory/story_id/712/edition_id/4/format/html/displaystory.html here] ) and has worked with the U.S. Department of State, NATO and the United Nations. He has published several books, among which figure "Foreign affairs and the United States Constitution", "The Rights of Man Today", "How Nations Behave", and "Age of Rights".

His father was Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin, an authority in halakhah.


* [http://www.law.columbia.edu/null?&layout=profpopup&main.ctrl=contactmgr.detail&main.view=profiles.detail&global.id=545 Personal biography at Columbia Law School]
* [http://www.columbia.edu/cu/newrec/2418/tmpl/story.5.html Columbia University Record]
* [http://www.getcited.org/mbrx/PT/2/MBR/11071497 GetCited.org - list of books by Henkin]

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