An English international lawyer of Polish birth, Sir Hersch Lauterpacht [1897-1960] was Whewell Professor of International Law at Cambridge and a member of the Institute of International Law and the British Academy. He also served as a judge of the International Court of Justice and was a Bencher of Gray's Inn. His other noted works are Private Law Sources and Analogies of International Law (1927) and The Function of Law in the International Community (1933).
"Lauterpacht's volume is a penetrating study recalling in its philosophical breadth and historical learning the classical seventeenth century treatises on the subject. It presents much food for juridical thought, perhaps blazing a pathway from the sterility of nineteenth century positivism. The volume maintains a tone of optimism and idealism suggesting that creativeness in legal analysis is not only necessary but also practicable in a world shaken to its foundations by two wars and by revolutionary inventions, such as the airplane, the radio and the atom bomb, during the past generation." -- Quincy Wright, Harvard Law Review 58 (1944-1945) 1267-1268