Academic journal article Proceedings of the Annual Meeting-American Society of International Law

Louis Sohn

Academic journal article Proceedings of the Annual Meeting-American Society of International Law

Louis Sohn

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Imagine walking into Professor Louis Sohn's overflowing office and asking him, "How can I possibly memorialize you in a minute or so?" I suspect that Louie would have looked up from behind that giant desk, given that impish smile, and said with that characteristic little shrug, "It's okay--I guess you will have to omit a little."

In the pages of this Journal, at a wonderful Law of the Sea program in his honor and memory at the George Washington University Law School, and elsewhere, many have told the story of a remarkable young Polish student, Ludwig Bruno Sohn, who found his way to Cambridge on the eve of World War II when he already spoke eight languages and had published articles in many of them. These accounts record how Louie became Judge Manley Hudson's research assistant and aide and participated in the San Francisco Conference. They speak of his decades of writing and enormous contribution to international law in a productive life of scholarship, teaching, and mentoring.

Louie served this Society faithfully in many ways--most notably as its president from 1988 to 1990. In a moment that would have made his own mentor proud, he received in 1996 the Society's highest honor, the Manley O. …

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