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Letter from Daniel Meador to Ronald Sokol, Thursday, August 8, 1996


Sad news. Quite a shock. I’m off to Yorkshire. Will write after my return in late August.


8/8/96 [All of the above is handwritten.]

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Richard B. Lillich
Richard B. Lillich, ‘Howard W.
Smith Professor of Law at the Uni-
versity of Virginia, Edward Ball Eminent
Professor in International Law
at Florida State University and noted
scholar, author and practitioner of
international law, died of a heart
attack at his farm in Charlottesville
on Aug. 3, 1996. He was 63 years I
Recognized as one of the early
leaders in the international human
rights law movement, Professor Lil-
lich co-authored (with the late Frank
Newmari of the University of Califor-
nia at Berkeley), the first major case-
book on the international protection
of human rights, widely used in law
and international relations studies
and now in its third edition. In 1978,
he founded the International Human
Rights Law Group, a leading activist
human rights organization based in
Washington, D.C. Also, for many
years, he served on the Advisory
Council of the United States Institute
of Human Rights and on the Adviso-
ry Board of the Urban Morgan institute
of Human Rights.
Professor Lillich was a member of
the faculty of the University of Vir-
ginia School of Law, which he joined
in 1969 and where he taught primarily
in the international law field. Pre-
viously, from 1960 to 1969, he
served on the law faculty at Syra-
cuse University, where he estab-
lished and directed its program in
international legal studies. Professor
Lillich also held many distinguished
visiting appointments at other univer-
sities in the United States and
abroad: All Souls College at Oxford
University and Downing College at
Cambridge University in the United
Kingdom; the Max Planck Institute in
Germany; and in the United States,
Indiana University, New York Univer-
sity, the University of Georgia, St.

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Louis University, and Florida State
University where he was the Edward
Ball Eminent Professor in Interna-
tional Law. In 1968 and 1969, he
held the distinguished Charles
Stockton Chair of International Law
at the United States Naval War Col-
lege iri Newport, R.I.
Richard Lillich was bom Jan. 22,
1933, in Amherst, Ohio. A 1954
graduate of Oberlin College, where
his father was a professor of music,
he attended Cornell Law School,
graduating from there in 1957. In
1959 and I960, after a brief time in
private law practice In New York
City, he earned his master of laws
(L.L.M) and juridical science doctor
(J.S.D.) degrees in intemational law
from New York University. In 1963
and 1966-67, he was a Ford Foun-
dation fellow and Guggenheim fellow
in England.
A longtime member of the board
of editors of the American Journal of
International Law [ital.], Professor Lillich
was a consummate legal scholar
who wrote extensively in the interna-
tional law field. Among his more than
30 books and vast number of arti-
cles, he became a widely respected
authority on, among other topics,
international claims, international
investment law, the diplomatic pro-
tection of aliens and their property,
the law of state responsibility, inter-
national human rights law, and inter-
national humanitarian law. He regu-
larly organized and published the
proceedings of conferences on inter-
national law, noted for their broad
participation of experts from govern-
ment and private practice as well as
academia. Prominent among these
was the prestigious Sokol Colloqui-
um at the University of Virginia.
Professor Lillich’s activism also
spawned numerous projects involv-
ing many colleagues from the United
States and abroad. Prominent in this
regard, in addition to the Internation-
al Human Rights Law Group, is the
Procedural Aspects of International
Law Institute which, under a Ford
Foundation grant, he founded with a
coalition of young international law
academics and practitioners in 1965.
He served as its president until his
death. Under his stewardship, the
Institute commissioned numerous
international law studies and pub-
lished 23 books on international law,
Including five that he authored or co-

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THE DAILY PROGRESS, Charlottesville, Va., Thursday, August 8, 1996 [underlined]

Richard Lillich was a longtime
active member of the American Soci-
ety of International Law, serving on
its executive council and chairing its
panel on State Responsibility for
many years. He also was, at various
times, an active member of the
American. Law Institute, the Associa-
tion of the Bar of the City of New
York, the British Institute of Interna-
tional and Comparative Law, the
International Law Association and
Interights. A member of the New
York and District of Columbia bars,
and noted for being “an international
lawyer’s lawyer,” he was, in addition,
at various times, a legal consultant to
the United States Naval War Col-
lege, the U.S. Department of Justice,
the U.S Department of State, the
United States Centre Against

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Apartheid, and the United Nations
Compensation Commission. He also
argued cases before various interna-
tional tribunals and served as inter-
national legal counsel to numerous
law firms.
He is survived by his wife, Gerda.
Heidel of Charlottesville and Upsala,
Sweden, and by his three daughters,
Victoria Antoinette Kruger, Olivia
Parsons Hilton and Jennifer Brady
Burial Services will be held at St.
Luke’s Episcopal Church in Simian,
just outside Charlottesville, on Aug.
14. A public memorial service will be
held in Charlottesville in October. In
lieu of flowers, contributions may be
made to the Schepens Eye
Research Institute Inc., Boston,
Mass, or to the International Human
Rights Law Group, Washington, D.C.

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