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Presidents of the European Court of Human Rights
05 May 1971

Court gets fourth President

United Kingdom United Kingdom

Sir Humphrey Waldock had a long and influential career in international justice. Born in what is now Sri Lanka in 1904, he taught law at Oxford University before serving in the British Admiralty during World War II. Following his time as Human Rights Court President he moved to the International Court of Justice, presiding over a case brought by the United States against Iran after a hostage-taking at the American embassy in Tehran, a landmark in international law. Sir Humphrey died in 1981 at the age of 77 whilst still holding the post of ICJ President.