Louis Henkin RIP

by Roger Alford

Terribly sad news today on the death of Louis Henkin. Here’s the message from Columbia Law School Dean David Schizer:

I’m very sorry to report that our colleague, Lou Henkin, passed away this morning. Lou has been a towering presence here at the Law School since he joined the faculty in 1962. His intellectual and personal contributions were immense. An influential pioneer in the field of human rights law, Lou was an inspiration, an intellectual giant, a generous mentor and teacher, and a cherished friend. Our hearts go out to Alice and their sons, Joshua, David, and Daniel, and their grandchildren for this great loss.

The funeral for Lou will be at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street (at Amsterdam), on Sunday October 17 at 11:45am.


10 Responses

  1. So sad!  I will miss him at ASIL.  He was the epitome of what I thought an international law scholar should be.

  2. Sounds like the Henkin family were Bible readers.  Joshua, David and Daniel?

  3. Response…
    Lou was one of the great human rights activists among international law professors.  We will miss him!

  4. “The memory of the righteous is a blessing.”  My fondest memory of Lou is, in the late 1980s and early 90s, occasionally running across Lou and Alice walking hand in hand on the streets of the Upper West Side near Columbia.  My wife once said after we happened to see them on Broadway, I hope we can be like that.

  5. As a SIPA student in the ’80’s Professor Henkin inspired me with his giant intellect, modest manner, noble bearing and model countenance. Our children were fellow students. He lived a life of the values he taught. He touched my life and those of others in untold and uplifting ways.  His life remains a blessing.

  6. Brownlie, Rosenne and Henkin, all gone in one year. Very sad.

  7. Response…Sad newsw. He was the father of world schoolars on hman rights

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