16 February 2017
Sir Elihu Lauterpacht CBE QC LLD
The British Branch regrets to report the death on 8 February 2017 of Sir Eli Lauterpacht, aged 88, one of the best known academics and practitioners of international law for more than 60 years. The son of Sir Hersch Lauterpacht, Judge of the International Court of Justice, Eli was called to the bar in 1950. He became a Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1953; and appointed QC in 1970 before joining the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs as legal adviser from 1975 to 1977. In 1983, he founded the Cambridge Research Centre in International Law, serving as its Director until 1995, after which the Centre was re-named the Lauterpacht Centre in honour of Eli and his father. Eli was a prolific publisher, academic, writer and, perhaps best known, counsel appearing in numerous cases before international courts and tribunals - latterly as Judge ad hoc and arbitrator. The international law community has lost one of its most dynamic practitioners; and our sympathies go to his wife Cathy and his children.
The obituary in The Daily Telegraph can be read here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2017/02/13/sir-elihu-eli-lauterpacht-international-lawyer-obituary/