Cassin, Rene Samuel
1887 - Born on October 5th in Bayonne, France. French jurist, humanitarian, and internationalist.
1914 - He joined the French Army.
- He was a counsel at the Court of Paris, was brought to an end when he was inducted into the infantry.
- He took first place in the competitive examination given by the Law Faculty and received the doctorate in juridical, economic, and political sciences.
1916 - Severely wounded by German shrapnel, he survived, but only because his mother, serving as a nurse in the field hospital to which he had been carried, persuaded the doctors to perform surgery.
- Entered upon his career as a professor of law at Aix.
1918 - He founded the French Federation of Disabled War Veterans (L'Union fédérale des associations des mutilés et d'anciens combattants).
1920 - He moved to a professorship in law at Lille.
1926 - He founded and until the outbreak of World War II was the permanent reporter for the International Conference of Associations of Disabled War Veterans [Conference internationale des associations de mutilés et d'anciens combattants].
1929 - Seated to the chair of fiscal and civil law at the University of Paris, where he remained until his retirement from formal teaching.
1942 - Became a member of the Permanent Conference of Allied Ministers of Education.
1944 - He was vice-president of the Council of State, a body which exercises ultimate jurisdiction in cases involving administrative personnel and administrative law.
1945 - He became president of the Council of the National School of Administration [Conseil de l'école nationale d'administration].
1948 - He was the one most responsible for the draft of the Declaration of Human Rights approved by the General Assembly on December 10th.
1950 - He was president of the Court of Arbitration at The Hague.
1960 - He was the president of the French National Overseas Center of Advanced Studies [Centre national des hautes-études de la France d'outre-mer].
1968 - He was a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
1976 - Died on February 20th in Paris, France.
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