Albert Lilar in the 1960s
|Born||Albert Jean Julien François
21 December 1900
|Died||16 March 1976(aged 75)|
Lilar was a renowned lawyer of Admiralty and International Private Law in Antwerp, and Chairman of the International Maritime Committee. He was also a Professor of Law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He was the husband of the writer Suzanne Lilar, and father of the writer Françoise Mallet-Joris (b. 1930) and the 18th century art historian Marie Fredericq-Lilar (b. 1934). In his political life, Lilar was a liberal senator of the Arrondissement Antwerp (1946–1971) and four times Minister of Justice (1946–1947, 1949–1950, 1954-1958 en 1960-1961). He became Minister of State in 1969. Under the Gaston Eyskens Government (1958–1960), Lilar was vice-president of the Cabinet. As Vice-Premier, he was elected president of the Round Table in 1960 whose discussions lead to the independence of the Belgian Congo. A great humanitarian and defender of human rights, no death penalties were carried out under his terms as minister of justice.
The Albert Lilar Prize from the Comité Maritime International is awarded for a leading work on maritime law published in any language in the world during the previous five years.
- Biography and Inventory of the Liberal Archives Albert Lilar (in Dutch)
- The Round Table - Congo
- More on The Round Table - Congo
- Postwar Western Europe 1955-1956
- Postwar Western Europe 1956-1957
- Independence of the Belgian Congo
- Anti-Nazi activities 1936-1939
- Freemasonry during Nazi domination in Belgium
- FAIB website