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Final Remarks

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/9780198262350.003.0072
Final Remarks

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This chapter is a tribute to Oscar Schachter, an expert on international law. Schachter’s teaching did not begin when he retired from the United Nations (UN). He taught, and wrote, throughout his life as a senior practitioner at the UN, where he was considered the ultimate insider so far as the law and diplomatic history of the organisation was concerned. But he also seemed to know about every other field of international law. Of course, he followed — and was involved in the international law ‘external’ to the UN, through the International Law Commission. He was the authority on UN law as well as trade law, expropriation, space law, treaties, the law of the sea, international law, and domestic legal systems. Schachter embraced wholeheartedly the application of law to the concept of sustainable development. He also shared certain attitudes with those who adhere to what we may call the policy science approach to international law. Schachter’s essential character was always evident at the Institut de Droit International.

Keywords: Oscar Schachter; international law; United Nations; Institut de Droit International; sustainable development; International Law Commission; trade law; treaties; law of the sea

Chapter.  3346 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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