Hudson, Manley O. (Manley Ottmer), 1886-1960

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Birth 1886-05-19
Death 1960-04-13

Biographical notes:

Epithet: Professor of International Law Harvard University

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Law professor, judge, international mediator, legal scholar. Prof., U. of Mo. Law School, 1910-1919, Harvard L.S., 1919-1954. Attached to American Comm. to Negotiate Peace, Paris, 1918-1919. Member, legal section of League of Nations Secretariat, 1922-1933. Appointed member, Permanent Court of Arbitration, 1933. Elected judge, Permanent Court of International Justice, 1936. Author of many books and articles in the field of international law.

From the description of Papers of Manley Ottmer Hudson, 1894-1960 (inclusive), 1905-1960 (bulk). (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 122581225

Hudson earned his Harvard LLB in 1910.

From the description of Notes in Economics 6a, 1906-1907. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77074787

From the description of Notes in History 13, 1906-1907. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77074790

Hudson, Manley Ottmer, law professor, judge, international mediator, legal scholar.

b. St. Peters, Missouri, May 19, 1886.

s. David Ottmer and Emma (Bibb) H.

A.B., William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri, 1906; A.M., 1907; LL.D., 1928.

Postgraduate work, Harvard University, 1906-1907; LL.B., 1910; S.J.D., 1917.

LL.D., University of Missouri, 1931.

D.C.L., University of Delaware, 1934.

Doctor of Politics, Peter Pazmony University, Budapest, 1935.

m. Janet Norton Aldrich, Dec. 7, 1930; children: Manley O., Jr.; Peter A.

Professor of Law, University of Missouri, 1910-1919.

Professor of Law, Harvard University, 1919-1923.

Bemis Professor of International Law, Harvard University, 1923-1954.

Secretary, Missouri Peace Society, 1912-1919, Missouri Children's Code Commission, 1915-1917.

Commissioner on Uniform State Laws, 1916-1919.

Secretary, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, 1918-1919.

Special Assistant, U.S. Department of State, 1918-1919.

Attached to American Commission to Negotiate Peace, Paris, 1918-1919.

Member, legal section of Secretariat of League of Nations, 1919-1921, and during summers of 1922-1933.

Legal advisor to International Labor Conference, Washington, 1919; Genoa, 1920; Geneva, 1924; to International Conference on Russian Refugees, Geneva, 1922; to International Conference on Obsence Publications, Geneva, 1923.

Schiff Foundation Lecturer, Cornell University, 1925, 1928.

Lecturer in Academy of International Law, The Hague, 1925.

Reader in University of Calcutta, 1927.

U.S. Technical advisor, Conference on Codification of International Law, The Hague, 1930.

Borah Foundation Lecturer, University of Idaho, 1931.

White Foundation Lecturer, Bryn Mawr College, 1942.

Appointed member Permanent Court of Arbitration, 1933, 1939.

Member, Danish-Greek Permanent Conciliation Commission, since 1935.

Visiting Professor, Geneva Institute of International Studies, 1936.

Associate, Institut de Droit International, since 1936.

Judge, Permanent Court of International Justice, 1936-1946.

Member, U.N. Committee on Administrative Tribunal, 1946.

Member, U.N. International Law Commission.

Consultant and special lecturer on international law, Naval War College, Newport, R.I., 1946-1952.

Retired 1954-1960.

d. 1960.


The Permanent Court of International Justice and the Question of American Participation, 1925.

Current International Cooperation, 1927.

Handbook on The World Court, 5th edition, 1938.

Progress in International Organisation, 1931.

Treatise on Permanent Court of International Justice, 1934; French edition, 1936.

By Pacific Means, 1935.

Also articles in legal and international journals.


Cases on International law, 1929; second edition, 1936.

Collection of Nationality Laws (with R.W. Flournoy), 1930.

International Legislation, 1919-1936 (7 volumes).

Collection of Diplomatic and Consular Laws (with A.H. Feller), 1933.

World Court Reports (3 volumes), 1935, 1938.

Journal Editor:

Missouri Law Bulletin, 1914-1917.

American Journal of International Law, since 1924.

From the guide to the Papers, 1894-1960, (Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University)


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