Humphrey Waldock

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International Court of Justice (1979). From right: president Humphrey Waldock, vice-president Taslim Olawale Elias

Sir Claud Humphrey Meredith Waldock, CMG OBE QC (13 August 1904 – 15 August 1981) was a British jurist and international lawyer.[1] Humphrey Waldock served as the British judge in the European Court of Human Rights from 1966 until 1974 and in the International Court of Justice from 1973 until 1981. He was also the President of the ICJ between 1979 and 1981. Prior to joining the Court, he had served on the United Nations' International Law Commission from 1961 to 1972, and had also been Chichele Professor of Public International Law at All Souls College, Oxford.

The British lawyer and historian A. W. B. Simpson recalled that Waldock told him that international law was diplomacy under a different name and that with regard to the operations of the International Court of Justice, "it's all done in the corridors."[2]

Towards the end of his life, Waldock lived in Lathbury Road, North Oxford.[3]


  1. ^ Brownlie, Ian (2004). "Waldock, Sir (Claud) Humphrey Meredith (1904–1981)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/31793. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  2. ^ A. W. Brian Simpson, Human Rights and the End of Empire: Britain and the Genesis of the European Convention (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), p. 966.
  3. ^ "Lathbury Road". Kelly's Directory of Oxford (68th ed.). Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey: Kelly's Directories. 1976. p. 378.