Wolfgang Friedmann

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Wolfgang G. Friedmann
Born (1907-01-25)25 January 1907
Berlin, Prussia
Died September 20, 1972(1972-09-20) (aged 65)
Manhattan, New York
Nationality German American
Occupation Legal scholar

Wolfgang Gaston Friedmann (25 January 1907 – 20 September 1972) was a German American legal scholar. Specializing in international law, he was a faculty member at Columbia Law School.[1][2]

Born in Berlin, Friedmann finished his studies of law at the Humboldt University of Berlin in 1930. Being Jewish, he immigrated to the United States shortly after the Nazis' seizure of power in Germany.

In 1955, he became a professor of international law at Columbia University. In 1972, he was robbed and stabbed to death near Columbia campus in Manhattan.[3] The Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award was established in his honor.


  1. ^ Hazard, John N.; Henkin, Louis; Lissitzyn, Oliver J. (1973). "In Memoriam: Wolfgang Gaston Friedmann 1907–1972". The American Journal of International Law. 67 (1): 102–103. ISSN 0002-9300. 
  2. ^ Panhuys, H. F. van (1973). "In Memoriam: Wolfgang Gaston Friedmann (1907–1972)". Netherlands International Law Review. 20 (1): 1–4. doi:10.1017/S0165070X00020830. 
  3. ^ "Professor Slain in Mugging Here". New York Times. September 21, 1972. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bell, John (2004). "Wolfgang Friedmann (1907–1972), with an Excursus on Gustav Radbruch (1878–1949)". In Beatson, J.; Zimmermann, R. Jurists Uprooted: German-speaking Émigré Lawyers in Twentieth-century Britain. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 517–534. ISBN 0-19-927058-9.