Emil Sandström

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Emil Sandström

Alfred Emil Fredrik Sandström (1886, Nyköping, Sweden – 1962) was a Swedish lawyer. He was the chairman of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from 1950 to 1959.


In the course of his career he was, among other things, a judge in the Supreme Court, at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague as well as at the so-called mixed courts that existed in Egypt until 1949 and settled disputes between Egyptians and foreigners. He also acted as an international mediator on many occasions - for example, as Swedish representative (and, from June 1947, Chairman) on the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP), an attempt by the United Nations to test out the situation in Palestine during the termination of the British Mandate. In addition he succeeded Folke Bernadotte as president of the Swedish Red Cross

In 1950, Emil Sandström became a member of the Institut de Droit International (institute for international law).

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Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Basil O'Connor
Chairman of the
International League of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies

Succeeded by
John MacAulay