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2018 marked the 60th anniversary of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL). The Institute was created in 1958 by the merger of the Society of Comparative Legislation (founded in 1895) and the Grotius Society (established in 1915). The initial signatories established an independent research body, unaffiliated to any university, which is committed to the understanding, development and practical application of international and comparative law.

The founders of BIICL were a group of individuals with a wide range of legal interests and experience including some of the most illustrious legal minds of their time, such as Baron Denning and Hersch Lauterpacht.

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Founders of BIICL

  • N de Matteos Bentwich
  • K.S. Carpmael
  • G. Cheshire
  • J. Cohen
  • Dr C.J. Colombos
  • Baron Denning
  • Sir Kenneth Diplock
  • Sir Harold Duncan
  • Rev P. Eastman
  • L. Farrer-Brown
  • Sir Gerald Fitzmaurice
  • Prof. R. H. Graveson
  • W. Latey KC
  • Sir Hersch Lauterpacht
  • R.A. Lynex
  • F.A. Mann   
  • A. McNair
  • R. O'Sullivan
  • Sir Kenneth Roberts- Wray
  • Prof G Schwarzenberger
  • Lord Shawcross
  • Dr C. Sluzewski
  • E. Wall
  • R. Wilberforce
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