Columbia Law Professor Louis Henkin ‘40, often called the Father of Human Rights, passed away on October 14 at the age of 92.
Still, Henkin’s most remembered achievements are his contributions to Human Rights scholarship and advocacy. Henkin founded Columbia’s Center for the Study of Human Rights in 1978 and its Human Rights Institute in 1998. He authored forceful works in the field of human rights, including “Foreign Affairs and the Constitution,” “The Rights of Man Today,” “How Nations Behave,” and “The Age of Rights.” Collectively, the New York Times referred to his work as “required reading for government officials and diplomats.”
“Loius Henkin was a giant in the field and a pioneer in the cause of human rights in the United States,” said Professor James Cavallaro, Executive Director, Harvard Law School Human Rights Program.