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.
Published in New York Times on Jun. 11, 2014.