Professor Shabtai Rosenne, international jurist and diplomat, has died.
The Peace Palace has many memories of Rosenne. His activities as an international lawyer brought him there many times.
He lectured twice at the Hague Academy of International Law, in 1954 on United Nations Treaty Practice (Vol. 86, 1954 II) and in 2001 (Vol. 291, 2001) he gave an outstanding General Course. He was representative of Israel in the advisory proceedings before the ICJ in the Reservations to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide Case (1951), and adviser in several cases (Elettronica Sicula S.p.A. (ELSI) (1987), Application of the Genocide Convention Case (1993). From 1994 to 1996 he was a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, seated in the Peace Palace. He also was a member of this Court's Steering Committee.
In 2004 Rosenne was awarded The First Hague Prize for International Law. During the ceremony in the Peace Palace Judge Kooijmans read the Report of the Nominating Committee,‘Professor Rosenne has dedicated the greater part of his scholarly life to the study of the Courts’ [i.e., the International Court of Justice and its predecessor, the Permanent Court of International Justice] constitutional framework, their working-methods and their case-law. He is without peer in his chosen field and is universally respected. He is beyond any doubt the most authoritative expert on the Court and in pleadings his views are regularly invoked by the Parties, usually by both of them, since having Rosenne on your side is seen as an indisputable
Rosenne’s principal work on the ICJ “The Law and Practice of the International Court”is considered an indispensable guide for students in this field and is permanently available in the Reading Room of the Peace Palace Library.
This Library, specialized in international law, has an extensive collection of 195 publications (books, book chapters and articles) of Rosenne. From his early work “Israel’s Armistice Agreements” (1951) till his last article “The International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice”in 2009. The collection reflects his amazing knowledge of international law.
Professor Rosenne’s Peace Palace Library Registration Card:
Student of International Law!