David M. Schizer

Legal Mind: Lou Henkin, a professor at Columbia Law School, was a founder of the discipline of human rights law.

Lou Henkin, 92, Pioneer in Human Rights Law

Lou Henkin, founding father of human rights law and a leading light of Columbia Law School’s faculty, was a central figure in so many different communities — among those working in the human rights field, legal academics and lawyers, as well as in the Jewish community. To my mind, these different passions in Henkin’s life were all related and reinforced each other. Indeed, the strength of Henkin’s religious faith both shaped and drove his work to safeguard the integrity and dignity of individuals.