April 9, 2008
Passing of a Giant, Igor I. Kavass
Roy Mersky (Texas) reports that Igor Kavass passed away Sunday. An expert on international and comparative legal research, Igor Kavass served as Director of law libraries at Vanderbilt, Duke, Northwestern and Alabama. He was born in Riga, Latvia in 1932 and educated in Europe and Australia. He received his LL.B. in 1956 from the University of Melbourne, where he served as editor of the Melbourne Law Review. He briefly practiced law as a barrister and solicitor in Melbourne, Australia. Active in many professional organizations, Igor Kavass was President of the International Association of Law Libraries, 1976-1983, and served as chair of the Board of Directors at the International Institute for Legal Information
Igor Kavass spent much of his career identifying and obtaining treaties and agreements entered into by the United States since 1950 that have not yet been published in UST or TIAS, and assigning them a unique "KAV" number to aid in their identification. These KAV Agreements were the first source for locating the text of unpublished U.S. treaties and other international agreements in one location. His Guide to Treaties in Force, designed to be used in conjunction with TIF, greatly expanded upon the rather simplistic approach of the U.S. Department of State's indexing by providing access points well beyond those found in TIF. With the late Adolf Sprudzs (Chicago), he edited U.S. Treaty Indexing Service, Current Treaty Index and UST Cumulative Indexing Service, all Hein titles. Also published by Hein, his United States Legislation on Foreign Relations and International Commerce (edited with Michael Blake) received the American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit and Soviet Law in English Research Guide and Bibliography, 1970-1987, was awarded the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award.
Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of Igor Kavass today. [JH]
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Posted by: arama motoru | May 14, 2011 7:01:51 AM
Igor Kavass was one of my first employers. He hired me, sight unseen, while he was in Germany at an International Law Librarians Association meeting. Although that was more than 30 years ago, I remember him with respect and fondness. He spoke several languages fluently, read and wrote in all of them. He was kind, intelligent, passionate about international law, and a great boss. I will miss his presence on this earth.
Posted by: Carole | Apr 24, 2008 10:18:28 AM