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Introductory Chapter

Rosalyn Higgins Dbe Qc

in Themes and Theories

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198262350
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682322 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262350.003.0001
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This chapter discusses developments related to international law and personal experiences since 1946. The author of this book studied law in the late 1950s at the University of Cambridge. In the mid-1970s, she was invited by Yale Law School to come for a semester, to teach the ‘core course’ on international law, but also to give another course of her own choosing. Her own time on the Human Rights Committee — the quasi-judicial and monitoring body established under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights — began in 1985. By 1994, she was a full-time Professor at London University, and was spending three months a year on work for the United Nations (UN) Committee on Human Rights. Then came her election to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 1995. She was awarded the Balzan Prize as an acknowledgement of the contribution of the ICJ to the purposes stated in the UN Charter: the maintenance of peace and security.

Keywords: United Nations; International Court of Justice; Balzan Prize; international law; Yale Law School; London University; University of Cambridge

Chapter.  6509 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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