ANDREAS LOWENFELD
1930 - 2014
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LOWENFELD--Andreas. The family of Professor Andreas Lowenfeld announces with sadness that he died June 9, 2014 in New York, less than two months after the death of his beloved wife of 51 years, Elena. He was a dedicated, devoted and loving father and grandfather. Professor Lowenfeld was a towering figure in the fields of public international law, trade and economic law, private international law, and international arbitration. He served on the NYU Law faculty for 47 years, influencing generations of lawyers, and continued to teach International Litigation and Arbitration and International Monetary System among other courses until as recently as Spring 2013. Professor Lowenfeld wrote more than 18 books and authoritative legal treatises and over 115 law review articles and argued before the United States Supreme Court, the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, and the International Court of Justice in the Hague. He made landmark contributions to legal scholarship and practice on issues as varied as extraterritorial jurisdiction, international arbitration, international monetary transactions, trans-border child abduction, international monetary law, investor-state dispute settlement, economic sanctions, enforcement of foreign judgments, aviation law, sovereign immunity, international trade, and civil procedure. His most recent work was a comprehensive treatise on International Economic Law. An avid supporter of the interaction between academics and practitioners, he was frequently an arbitrator in international disputes, public and private. He served as a Reporter on two major projects of the American Law Institute and was a lecturer twice at the Hague Academy, first in 1979 and later in 1994. In the 1994 lectures, he proposed criteria for a global community free of strict legal rules and based instead upon what he termed "reasonableness, not certainty." One of the hallmarks of his work was his commitment to eliminating what he viewed as an unnecessary divide between public and private international law. In 2007, he was awarded the Manley O. Hudson Medal of the American Society of International Law for his lifelong achievements in the field of international law. Born in Berlin, Germany in 1930 to a family of German-Jewish doctors, he came to the U.S. as a refugee from Nazism at the age of 8. After graduation with distinction from Horace Mann School, Harvard College and Harvard Law School in 1955, he served in the U.S. Army and then went on to practice law with Hyde and de Vries in New York. He then served for five-and-a-half years in the Legal Adviser's Office of the U.S. Department of State under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. He provided strategic counsel to those presidents during the Cuban Missile Crisis; the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; the so-called "Chicken War," in which the U.S. and the European Common Market sparred over poultry tariffs; and the U.S. invasion of the Dominican Republic. He then served as a fellow for a year at the John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics at Harvard University before joining the NYU Law faculty in 1967. At NYU Law School, he was a beloved teacher and mentor, for which he was honored when the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics paid tribute to his extensive scholarship and profound influence on legal education, the U.S. courts, international and comparative law, and the world of private commercial transactions, at the 14th Annual Herbert and Rose Rubin International Law Symposium in April 2009. In addition to all his professional triumphs, Andy Lowenfeld was a great "Renaissance man;" he spoke multiple languages, traveled extensively, and had life-long interest in history, theater, and music. He is survived by his son Julian, his daughter Marianna and his grandchildren Mark, Diana, and Anna. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 13th at 3:30pm at Frank E. Campbell, 1076 Madison Avenue, New York, NY. Contributions in his memory may be made to the NYU School of Law for a scholarship in his name.


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July 2, 2014
I had the great pleasure of working with Andy when he was consulting on behalf if the Administrative Conference if the United States. Andy also generously permitted me to glean his wisdom for a Fulbright law lectureship for which I was formally recommended (twice, in part s of his exceptional erudition, expertise and geeerosity). I shall surely miss him.

Brian c. Murphy
US. Department of State, retired; former Fulbright lecturer in law
Brian Murphy
June 22, 2014
I first met Andy Lowenfeld in 1982 when he was part of the brilliant and uniquely qualified quartet drafting the Restatement Third of American Foreign Relations Law. He along with Louis Henkin, Oscar Schachter, and Detlev Vagts deserve great credit for the world of international law we know today.
MaryEllen O'Connell
June 12, 2014
Rest in peace prof. Ka emesia!
Francis Chukwu
June 12, 2014
Prof. Lowenfeld's seminal book on International Economic Law was a very helpful and insightful guide when I was writing my doctoral dissertation on International Arbitration. He was a great thinker and a great man. His intellect and scholarship will be missed.
Dr Mary B Ayad
June 12, 2014
We loved both of you and will never forget Elena's beauty and musicianship nor Andy's brilliance and sense of fun. We're so, so glad that we had lunch with Andy just the day before he died. With love, sadness, and appreciation, Rona and Allan Mendelsohn
Rona Mendelsohn
June 11, 2014
Andy was a great teacher and an insightful thinker. He never was content to simply accept things as they were – and he had an abiding curiosity to find out why . He encouraged that same spirit in his students and his colleagues. His passing is a loss to the international law community and to generations of students at NYU. On a personal note, Andy's passing is an overwhelming personal loss for those that knew and loved him. My sincerest condolences to Julian and Marianna and the rest of the Lowenfeld family.
Barry Appleton
June 11, 2014
I fondly remember working on opening and closing arguments with Andy in two early NAFTA cases, in 1999 and 2000, when my career was just beginning. Honestly, I quite oblivious to the immense privilege that the assignment entailed. Andy was not a pretentious man. He was generous of spirit and always keen to ensure a job well done. I'd like to think that his demonstration of professionalism, which I absorbed so early in my legal career, has stood me in good stead.

Although he has bequeathed to us all the stellar legacy of five decades of published work, it may well be that his private legacy has had an even greater impact upon international law and its practice. An innumerable group of professionals practising international law today have benefitted from iteration with Andy over his long career - as professor, mentor and colleague - each of who no doubt have their own fond remembrances to share on this solemn day.
Todd Weiler
June 11, 2014
Elena y tu os habeis ido juntos, como juntos vivisteis. Sois de las personas queridas que la vida pone en el camino.
Chema Belandia
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