René Cassin


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(5 Oct. 1887–20 Feb. 1976).

French politician Born in south‐western France, he became a professor of law in Lille (1920) and then in Paris (1929). Cassin was a French delegate to the League of Nations, 1924–38. He joined de Gaulle and became a prominent member of the Free French. Cassin was a member of the Council of State (1944–60), but is best remembered as the principal author of the UN Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. He became a member of the European Court of Human Rights in 1959, and was its President 1965–8. In 1968, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Subjects: International Law — Contemporary History (Post 1945).