Tuesday, August 2, 2011

In passing: Eric Stein

International lawyer Eric Stein (right) died last week at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
He was Hessel E. Yntema Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Michigan Law School, from which he earned his U.S. law degree, and whose faculty he'd joined in 1955.
Born 98 years ago in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire and now is the Czech Republic, Stein fled Nazi German occupation in 1940, settling in the United States. After earning a Bronze Star for his military service in World War II, he embarked on an international law career that, as detailed here, included helping developing U.N. organs like the Security Council and agencies like the International Atomic Energy Agency -- as well as scholarly projects that aided the growth of the European Community.
The American Society of International Law awarded him its 2011 Manley O. Hudson Medal for scholarship and achievement in international law.
I met Professor Stein once at an ASIL meeting a few years back, and found him to be an extraordinarily gracious man. What I remember most about him, though, is a written communication: on receipt of the reprint of my 2d tenure article, he sent a warm letter of congratulations, thus extending a much appreciated welcome to the ranks of international and comparative law.


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