The Hague Academy of International Law mourns the loss of Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Mr. Boutros-Ghali, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, was a member of the Curatorium since 1982 and served as its President from 2002 until his death on February 16th, 2016.
He was deeply attached to the Academy and left a distinctive mark upon it. His attentive kindness towards Third World countries was constant. He scrupulously monitored the geographical balance between attendees, and ensured in particular that those coming from the Global South had a place among them.
In fact he showed his strong interest towards the Academy long before he became a member of the Curatorium. Indeed, it was upon his initiative that the famous External Programme was created approximately fifty years ago, allowing hundreds of participants from Africa, Asia and Latin America to be welcomed by the Academy in their own respective capitals. The development of the Centre for Studies and Research, which gives young researchers from all over the world the opportunity to be published in the collections of the Academy, was also the result of his tireless efforts. Until his last breath he cared for the life of the Academy and the future of young lawyers who attend it with the aim of enhancing their training, of which tomorrow’s world will benefit.