Friday, May 29, 2009
Professor Thomas M. Franck, honorary President of the American Society of International Law and a well-respected scholar of international law, passed away this week after a resurgence of cancer. Professor Franck was the President of the American Society of International Law as President from 1998 to 2000 and Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of International Law from 1984 to 1993. He authored more than 30 books and countless articles, he received the ASIL lifetime achievement award, the Hudson Medal, in 2003, and he was awarded the ASIL Certificate of Merit for four of his books. He was a professor at New York University School of Law where he taught foreign relations law, international law, and the law of international organizations. He was a good friend and mentor to so many international lawyers and law students. He will be missed.