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Harvard Research in International Law

Access to the reprint of The Harvard Research in International Law: Original Materials and Contemporary Analysis and Appraisal, as well as relevant law review articles.







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About Harvard Research in International Law

This database includes access to the reprint of The Harvard Research in International Law: Original Materials and Contemporary Analysis and Appraisal. In addition, users will find links to law review articles written by the contributors to the publications. 

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The Original Materials

The Harvard Research in International Law was originally published in the American Journal of International Law between 1929 and 1939. The publication was the brainchild of Manley O. Hudson, the Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School, and the first chairman of the International Law Commission (1949-53). The various advisory boards that were assembled wrote draft conventions on several topics over a ten-year period. 

The International Law Commission utilized the publication when its work coincided with projects undertaken by the Research, most notably in the drafting of what became the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic Relations 1961 and on Consular Relations 1963, and the piracy provisions of the Geneva Convention on the High Seas 1958. 

Contemporary Analysis and Appraisal

J. Craig Barker and John P. Grant, the editors of this work, became interested in the Research while exploring the topic for their second edition of the Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law. After some investigating, they became aware of a lack of analysis or appraisal of the project, and decided to fill the void. 

Grant and Barker recruited experts in the various fields covered by the Harvard Research projects and invited them to contribute an appraisal of each project. The questions they proposed as guidelines for the contributors were: (1) On what basis did the thirteen Harvard projects make their proposals for codification? and (2) What, if anything, has been the continuing impact of these proposals? 

The book contains the contributing experts’ evaluations of this grand research project, compiled into fourteen chapters. 

The print editions of the Original Materials and Contemporary Analysis and Appraisal may be acquired via the William S. Hein & Co., Inc. Catalog.

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