The Resource American Law Institute : Statement of Essential Human Rights Project records

American Law Institute : Statement of Essential Human Rights Project records

Label
American Law Institute : Statement of Essential Human Rights Project records, 1924 - 2008
Title
American Law Institute
Title remainder
Statement of Essential Human Rights Project records
Inclusive dates
1924 - 2008
Title variation
Statement of Essential Human Rights Project records
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Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
  • The Statement of Essential Human Rights Records, 1929-1987 and undated, include research material, constitutions, letters, conference and meeting records, drafts, publications, the writings of William Draper Lewis, and other records related to the drafting of the Statement of Essential Human Rights, finalized in 1945. The bulk of the records spans the years 1941 to 1945
  • In the midst of World War II, the American Law Institute convened a committee in 1941 to study the international community's position regarding human rights law. The committee's charge was to develop a Statement of Essential Human Rights. William Draper Lewis, then Director of the American Law Institute, was chair of the committee and the project's most outspoken advocate, touring the world to deliver speeches on the importance of a code of basic human rights. International in scope and in participation, the committee included representatives from Britain, Canada, China, France, pre-Nazi Germany, Italy, India, Latin America, Poland, Soviet Russia, Spain, and Syria. A version of the Statement of Essential Human Rights was finalized in 1945. The collection, 1929-1987 and undated, includes research material, constitutions, letters, conference and meeting material, drafts, publications, the writings of William Draper Lewis, and other records related to the drafting of the Statement of Essential Human Rights, finalized in 1945. The bulk of the records spans the years 1941 to 1945
Biographical or historical data
In the midst of World War II, the American Law Institute convened a committee in 1941 to study the international community's position regarding human rights law. The committee's charge was to develop a Statement of Essential Human Rights, whose goal was "to define the indispensable human rights in terms that would be acceptable to men of good will in all nations." William Draper Lewis, then acting director of the American Law Institute, was chair of the committee and the project's most outspoken advocate, touring the world to deliver speeches on the importance of a code of basic human rights. International in scope and in participation, the committee included representatives from Britain, Canada, China, France, pre-Nazi Germany, Italy, India, Latin America, Poland, Soviet Russia, Spain, and Syria. A version of the Statement of Essential Human Rights was finalized in 1945. However, the document was not formally adopted by the American Law Institute because of disputes over some of the language in the document, particularly regarding the economic rights of individuals. However, the document proved to be lasting influence on the human rights movement that followed, especially in the drafting of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, promulgated in 1948.
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American Law Institute
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1867-1949
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Lewis, William Draper
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  • United Nations
  • Human rights
Label
American Law Institute : Statement of Essential Human Rights Project records
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Note
  • Location of resource: Located offsite at the University Records Center. Department collection number is AR06, followed by a four-digit box number (i.e. 0001 is for Box 1 of the collection, 0002 for Box 2, and so forth). For more information, consult past records transfer forms at G:\groups\biddle\SC\archives\administration\records center transfers
  • Processing Information: Preliminary container list prepared by Melissa Backes, 1995-2005. Reprocessed by Jordon Steele, September 2007. Encoded by Jordon Steele, May 2008
Extent
4.5 linear feet
Governing access note
None
Immediate source of acquisition
First shipment received from the American Law Institute in 1995.
Terms governing use
The archives reserves the right to restrict access to material of sensitive nature. Please contact the department for further information.
Label
American Law Institute : Statement of Essential Human Rights Project records
Note
  • Location of resource: Located offsite at the University Records Center. Department collection number is AR06, followed by a four-digit box number (i.e. 0001 is for Box 1 of the collection, 0002 for Box 2, and so forth). For more information, consult past records transfer forms at G:\groups\biddle\SC\archives\administration\records center transfers
  • Processing Information: Preliminary container list prepared by Melissa Backes, 1995-2005. Reprocessed by Jordon Steele, September 2007. Encoded by Jordon Steele, May 2008
Extent
4.5 linear feet
Governing access note
None
Immediate source of acquisition
First shipment received from the American Law Institute in 1995.
Terms governing use
The archives reserves the right to restrict access to material of sensitive nature. Please contact the department for further information.

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