Ernesto Dihigo

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Ernesto Dihigo
Born 23 January 1896
Havana, Cuba[1]
Died 1991 (aged 94–95)
Miami, Florida

Ernesto Dihigo y López Trigo (23 January 1896 – 1991) was a prominent Cuban jurist, diplomat, and professor. He served as the Cuban Foreign Minister during the administration of the presidency of Carlos Prio Socarras (1950-1951). He served as the Cuban Ambassador to the United States from January 1959 until February 1961 after the regime of Fulgencio Batista was overthrown by Fidel Castro.

Dihigo was a member of the Cuban Supreme Court in 1943 and served as a delegate to the United Nations. He served on the commission that wrote the Declaration of Human Rights. Dihigo's draft declaration was among the first considered when the U.N. Commission on Human Rights began work in 1946. He also pushed successfully for the Organization of American States to adopt its own American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man and to establish an inter-American human-rights court.

From 1917 he was associated with the University of Havana beginning as a student. He served as Professor of Roman Law until 1960. In September 1955 he was a member of the Buraimi Arbitration Tribunal sitting in Geneva to adjudicate on a territorial dispute in south-eastern Arabia. Together with the British representative and chairman on the triubal he resigned in protest over Saudi tactics before the tribunal made a final decision.

In 1989, he travelled from his home in Havana to Miami and was given a luncheon by the Colegio de Abogados de La Habana en el Exilio.

He was married to Caridad Larrondo. They lived at Calle 46 #116, esquina 3 Avenue, Miramar, Havana, Cuba. He died in Miami, Florida in 1991.


  • El Nuevo Herald; Abogados Cubanos en Exilio Honran a Un Antiguo Professor; 19 February 1989 Page 1B.
  • Otero, Juan Joaquin (1954). Libro De Cuba, Una Enciclopedia Ilustrada Que Abarca Las Artes, Las Letras, Las Ciencias, La Economia, La Politica, La Historia, La Docencia, Y ElProgreso General De La Nacion Cubana - Edicion Conmemorative del Cincuentenario de la Republica de Cuba, 1902-1952.  (Spanish)
Political offices
Preceded by
Carlos Hevia
Foreign Minister of Cuba
Succeeded by
Miguel A. Suárez Fernández
Preceded by
Nicolas Arroyo
Cuban Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
Embassy Closed