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RenE Cassin

1887-1976
France
Member of the Commission
on Human Rights


Jurist and judge, René Cassin was a key player in the deliberations held throughout the three sessions of the Commission on Human Rights, as well as those of the Commission's Drafting Committee. The son of a Jewish merchant, Mr. Cassin's involvement in the drafting of the Universal Declaration and his other human rights work, for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1968, were significantly informed by his personal response to the Holocaust. He served as a member (1959-1965) and President (1965-1968) of the European Court of Human Rights. Today the court building stands in his honour on the Rue René Cassin in Strasbourg.

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