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Rafał Lemkin (1900-1959): A life-long story of engagement in the development of human rights law

  • This blog post aims to provide a brief overview of the life and work of Rafał Lemkin by ex-ploring his participation in the interwar and post-war international dialogue. It demonstrates a variety of means, including academic activities (research, publications, conferences), as well as diplomacy and personal relationships, which Lemkin used to disseminate his ideas and research. Despite having limited resources and being a refugee for much of his life, Lemkin drew upon his linguistic abilities and showed himself to be an extraordinary “constant negotiator”. His varied work experience, gained in the early stages of his career in Lviv and Warsaw, likely aided him in developing an inclusive perspective on law and human rights that later informed his ground-breaking work on genocide.

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Author:Adam Krzywon
Parent Title (English):British Association of Comparative Law Blog
Document Type:Contribution to online periodical
Year of Completion:2023
Date of first Publication:2023/05/26
Publishing Institution:Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung
Contributing Corporation:British Association of Comparative Law
Release Date:2023/06/05
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt