Max Huber (statesman)

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Max Huber
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Hans Max Huber (born 28 December 1874 in Zürich – died 1 January 1960 in Zürich) was a Swiss lawyer and diplomat who represented Switzerland at a series of international conferences and institutions.

He studied law at the Universities of Lausanne, Zurich and Berlin. Huber taught international, constitutional and canon law at the University of Zurich from 1902 to 1914, and retained this title until 1921 but could not teach due to World War I. During the War, he advised the Swiss Defence and Foreign Affairs ministries. From 1922 to 1939 he was a Judge of the Permanent Court of International Justice and he served as the Court's President from 1925 to 1927, and from 1928 to 1944 he was president of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He also acted as the arbitrator in the influential Island of Palmas Case between the United States and the Netherlands in 1928 at the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

After retiring from the Red Cross, Huber published several articles on international law prior to his death.

Selected works[edit]

  • Der Schutz der militärischen und völkerrechtlichen Interessen im schweizerischen Strafgesetzbuch. Verlag Stämpfli & Cie AG, Bern 1913
  • Die soziologischen Grundlagen des Völkerrechts. Verlag Dr. Walther Rothschild, Berlin 1928
  • Grundlagen nationaler Erneuerung. Vom Wesen und Sinn des schweizerischen Staates. Evangelium und nationale Bewegung. Schulthess, Zürich 1934
  • The good samaritan. Reflections on the gospel and work in the Red Cross. Victor Gollancz, London 1945
  • Das Internationale Rote Kreuz. Idee und Wirklichkeit. Max Niehans Verlag, Zürich 1951

Further reading[edit]

  • André Durand: History of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Volume II: From Sarajevo to Hiroshima. Henry Dunant Institute, Genf 1984, ISBN 2-88044-009-2
  • Caroline Moorehead: Dunant's dream: War, Switzerland and the history of the Red Cross. HarperCollins, London 1998, ISBN 0-00-255141-1 (gebundene Ausgabe); HarperCollins, London 1999, ISBN 0-00-638883-3 (Taschenbuch-Ausgabe)
  • Daniel Thürer: Max Huber: A Portrait in Outline. In: The European Journal of International Law. 18(1)/2007. European Society of International Law, S. 69–80, ISSN 0938-5428
  • Island of Palmas Case (Netherlands/U.S.A), Reports of International Arbitral Awards, volume 2 pp 829–871

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