The Hudson Medal luncheon: "The unity of international law".

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The luncheon meeting was convened at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 10. The luncheon was convened with the opening remarks given by Lori Damrosch, President of the American Society of International Law. Michael Reisman of Yale Law School moderated the panel and introduced the honoree: Pierre-Marie Dupuy of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.


Ladies and gentlemen, could I have your attention just for a few brief words of welcome on behalf of the American Society of International Law. I just want to take a few minutes to say a few things about the Hudson Medal of the American Society of International Law and to welcome you to this Hudson Medal luncheon.

As many of you are aware, the Hudson Medal is the Society's highest honor. It is awarded for lifetime achievement in the field of international law. The Hudson Medal was first awarded to Lord McNair in 1959, and then to Philip Jessup in 1964. It was not awarded every year, but it has been awarded to the most distinguished persons for lifetime achievement in international law. You can find the list of the previous recipients on the Society's website.

Also at the head table here, we have two representatives of the Foley Hoag law firm. They are sponsoring this Hudson Medal luncheon, and we are very grateful for that sponsorship. We are going to give the floor to Paul Reichler, who is going to welcome our speakers and introduce the discussion.

* President of the American Society of International Law.


Thank you, Lori. It really is an honor for me to be on the same stage as two titans of international law. Michael Reisman, who stands above all other American international lawyers, received the Manley Hudson Medal in 2004. I will not say much about him today because time is short, he is not getting the Medal this year, and everyone here is already familiar with his unparalleled accomplishments. But I will say that it would be difficult to identify an issue in international law about which Michael has not written, and written brilliantly.

He has had a magnificent academic career--even if it was at that other law school in New Haven--but his accomplishments extend far beyond the university campus. He has put theory and noble ideals into practice in many important roles, including President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, President of the Arbitral Tribunal for the Bank for International Settlements, member of the Boundary Commission for Ethiopia and Eritrea, and arbitrator and counsel in numerous international cases.

I had the privilege of appearing with him, although on opposite sides, in the recent arbitration between Bangladesh and India over the maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal. Michael was an absolutely outstanding advocate for India--a formidable opponent, but also an always very gracious one. It was a privilege for me to watch him perform.

It is a particular pleasure for me to introduce Pierre-Marie Dupuy, this year's very deserving recipient of the Manley Hudson Award. It would take me the rest of the day, and probably beyond, to list all of his tremendous accomplishments and contributions to international law, so I will, of necessity, concentrate on just a few.

Pierre-Marie is an outstanding generalist, a true polyglot who has left his mark on just about every area of international law. He is one of the great theoreticians, practitioners, educators, and writers of our time. He speaks five languages fluently. He is a classical pianist and an avid cross-country skier. He is a true Renaissance man. Author of more than thirty books and 130 articles on a wide range of topics, his Droit International Public is recognized as the foremost French language textbook on the subject, and his two general courses on public international law at the Hague Academy are considered among the most indispensable, especially his brilliant course on the unity of the international legal order. He is beloved by generations of students in each of the seven countries where he has taught, as well as legions of colleagues who have been inspired by him.

Pierre-Marie has been an advocate in many important cases before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for more than thirty years. He has been one of its most gifted orators, a man of great elegance and eloquence. Philippe Sands calls him "an extraordinarily stylish and wonderful advocate who chooses each phrase with great care." Marcelo Kohen, his colleague at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, calls him "truly inspirational, both as a theoretician and a practitioner."

And he has exceptional genes. His father was the illustrious Rene-Jean Dupuy, one of the greatest lawyers of his generation and a role model for his son. In fact Pierre- Marie appeared in his first ICJ case, the Tunisia/Libya case, alongside his father, as a colleague. Another member of that team is reported to have told Dupuy pere, in that Continental Shelf case, that Pierre-Marie was his "natural prolongation."

And he has an absolutely wonderful family to whom he is completely devoted: his lovely wife Uta, who is here today, and his three children. And his brother, Jean- Francois, is also here with him today.

I had the great privilege of working with Pierre-Marie, as a colleague on Ecuador's legal team, in the case against Columbia before the ICJ, which was eventually settled amicably. His work was always exquisite, his language alive, and his intellect razor- sharp.

In recent years, he has argued brilliantly for Chile, and will undoubtedly do so again next month at the ICJ. His Chilean clients have such high regard for him, professionally and personally, that they flew here from Santiago to be present for this special occasion, and so let me recognize, in particular, Ambassador Maria Teresa Infante and Ambassador Alberto van Klaveren. There is literally no international lawyer more beloved by his colleagues, by his students, and by everyone associated with the profession than Pierre-Marie Dupuy. And so, Pierre-Marie, it is an honor to be your friend. Congratulations on a richly deserved achievement.

([dagger]) Partner and Co-Chair of the International Litigation and Arbitration Department at Foley Hoag LLP.


Thank you, Paul. Thank you. Well, you have recognized that Paul is a very good friend. This is the only reason why he spoke so highly about me, and I thank him very much. And

I want to begin by saying that it is a great honor for me to be here with you and that I appreciate very much this award of the American Society.

* Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris (Pantheon-Assas, Paris 2) and an honorary Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.


Pierre-Marie, if I may say, I think that Paul actually exceeded himself in understatement. You are really an extraordinary intellectual contributor to international law, an extraordinary advocate, an extraordinary human being, and I consider it a privilege to share a platform with you.

If I may say, since I am supposed to be provocative, we are not the first to honor you, by any means. Those of you in the audience may not yet be aware that last year, a one thousand page book by forty-seven of the leading lights of international law celebrated Pierre-Marie's accomplishments, and it is a book that appropriately takes the name of his magisterial Hague lecture. I am very proud that the American Society of International Law, though a year late, has joined what is the appropriate crowd of celebrators of your great merit.

My assignment is to bother you a bit with some questions and, perhaps, to probe a bit into what just goes into your greatness, and I wonder if I might start by asking you to talk a bit about your father.


Yes, I will do so with pleasure. My father was the first in the family to receive an American medal. As you all know, in 1942--November, 1942--the American Army disembarked in French Algeria. The young French men living in Algeria were, soon after, incorporated into the U.S. Army, and my father was one of them. He then came back to France, together with the American Army, in August 1944, in Provence. That was the second Allied landing after the sixth of June. On this occasion, due to his behavior on the...

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