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Correspondence, 1945-08 - 1945-12, 1983 - 2007

Reference Code: GBR/0014/LAUT 1/60

Scope and Contents

Includes HL's letters to Rachel on subjects including: the Nuremberg Trials, particularly his help with the opening speech by Sir Hartley Shawcross, Attorney General and Chief British Prosecutor at Nuremberg, the effect of Robert H Jackson's opening speech, coverage of the trials in the Times and HL's public lecture on the trials; the progress of his book ["Recognition in International Law"]; a good review of ["An International Bill of the Rights of Man"] by 1st Lord Templewood, earlier Sir Samuel Hoare; the Joyce case; his concerns about Elihu's future; Rachel's visit to her family in Palestine; difficulty with her hands; possible news of HL's brother's family.

Other correspondents include: Philip Noel-Baker [Minister of State, Foreign Office]; Patrick Dean [Assistant Legal Adviser, Foreign Office] on showing HL Foreign Office documents; Lord Wright, Chairman of the United Nations War Crimes Commission, on subjects including the settling of the question on major criminals by Robert H Jackson's war crimes report (2); Sir Hartley Shawcross, thanking HL for two memoranda on William Joyce, on the details of the Joyce case itself, on the difficulties about the Indictment for the Nuremberg Trials, asking HL if he could be there for the beginning of the Trials and also on HL's help with drafting his opening speech (5); Sir Arnold McNair (2); Elihu Lauterpacht on subjects including his progress at Trinity College, University of Cambridge and Rachel's visit to her family in Palestine (9).

Also includes: minutes of the Treaties Committee, Aug 1945; agenda and papers for a meeting of the British War Crimes Executive, Sept 1945; HL's Nuremberg pass and travel documents.

Also includes later correspondence with Elihu on his research for HL's biography, with correspondents including: Lord Shawcross writing to Stephen Schwebel on his memories of HL and the part he played at Nuremberg (2); Sir Robert Jennings [former President of the International Court of Justice] writing to Schwebel and others on his disagreement with HL's views on legal matters, and an article he was writing about him (2); Stephen Schwebel [President of the International Court of Justice] on subjects including his correspondence with HL (3).


  • 1945-08 - 1945-12
  • 1983 - 2007

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


1 file(s)

Repository Details

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