Colleagues have paid tribute to international law scholar and Fellow of Trinity College, Sir Elihu Lauterpacht (1928-2017), who passed away on 8 February 2017.
Sir Eli became a Fellow of Trinity in 1953, a QC in 1970, and was successively Lecturer, Reader, and Honorary Professor at the University of Cambridge.
Trinity Fellow and Professor Emeritus of International Public Law, Philip Allott, paid tribute to ‘a leading figure in international law in this country and across the world.’
He practised extensively before the International Court of Justice and many other international courts and tribunals, and in the courts of this country. He was leading counsel in some of the most significant cases before the International Court. He has also left a permanent mark on the academic discipline of international law through his work as author, editor and innovator.
In 1997 the research centre he had founded and directed at Cambridge in 1983 was renamed by the University The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, in honour of Sir Eli and his father Sir Hersch Lauterpacht.
Sir Eli was knighted in 1998. Professor Allott said:
The Centre receives scholars on a residential or temporary basis from very many countries, and organises conferences and lecture-series. Among many other honours, Sir Elihu was awarded the Manley O. Hudson Medal of the American Society of International Law in 2002 and the Hague Prize for International Law in 2013
Senior Tutor at Trinity and Professor of European Union Law and Employment Law, Catherine Barnard, also paid tribute to ‘a giant in the field of international law.’
Read a tribute to Sir Eli from Iain Scobbie, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Manchester, Co-Director of the Manchester International Law Centre, and Visiting Professor of International Law at SOAS.