Myres Smith McDougal (1906–1998)

Rosalyn Higgins Dbe Qc

in Themes and Theories

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198262350
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682322 | DOI:
Myres Smith McDougal (1906–1998)

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This chapter is a tribute to Myres Smith McDougal, Sterling Professor of Law Emeritus at Yale Law School, former President and Honorary President of the American Society of International Law, long-time member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, adviser and representative of the United States, and an advocate before the International Court of Justice. McDougal was born in 1906 in the farming community of Burton, Mississippi. He attended local schools and later studied classics and then law at the University of Mississippi, where he earned a BA., MA., and LL.B. He took his doctorate in 1931 at the Yale Law School. For the first twenty years of his academic career, McDougal dedicated himself to property law. After World War II, he decided to devote the rest of his life to international law as an instrument for the construction of a public order of human dignity, and to do that McDougal decided that a new jurisprudence was necessary. McDougal passed away on May 7, 1998.

Keywords: Myres Smith McDougal; international law; property law; public order; jurisprudence; human dignity

Chapter.  3044 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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