Sir Hersch Lauterpacht QC Honoured with Blue Plaque

Sir Hersch Lauterpacht QC Honoured with Blue Plaque
25th October 2022 Lindy Diamond

The Blue Plaque, honouring Sir Hersch at 103 Walm Lane, in Cricklewood. Photo Credit English Heritage

In September 2022, English Heritage unveiled a blue plaque at the north London home where Hersch Lauterpacht had lived for 10 years from 1923.

Sir Hersch’s legacy was previously memorialised at The Hebrew University by his son, Sir Elihu Lauterpacht CBE QC, with a Chair in his name. The current incumbent of HU’s Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law is Prof Yuval Shany. Prof Shany is the former Dean of the Faculty of Law, a former member (and former Chair) of the UN Human Rights Committee and a researcher at the Israeli Democracy Institute.

Hersch Lauterpacht features heavily in Prof Philippe Sands’ book East West Street.
Prof Sands said: “Hersch was likely the most influential international lawyer of the 20th century, a scholar, a counsel, a judge, a father of the modern system of human rights, and the individual who proposed the introduction of the notion of ‘crimes against humanity’ into international law.”

For more on the life and work of Sir Hersch, click here.