New York, 23 June 2006 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the death of Professor Louis B. SohnThe Secretary-General was sad to learn of the death of Professor Louis B. Sohn, an important figure in the history of the United Nations and of international law. Louis Sohn, who served as Professor of Law at Harvard and the University of Georgia, was a member of the US delegation at the San Francisco conference in 1945, at which the United Nations Charter was drawn up, and also, from 1974 to 1982, at the conference which drafted the International Convention on the Law of the Sea. Throughout his life he won wide respect as a voice of reason and source of wisdom, and was a firm believer in the importance of the United Nations and of the rule of law in settling international disputes.
The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to Professor Sohn's family, and to the Government and people of the United States
Statements on 23 June 2006