An information resource featured prominently : the thesis of René Cassin dedicated to his father (donation of Mr. Pierre Mercier)
The Foundation is pleased to honor a jewel of its library: Rene Cassin Thesis dedicated to his father on July 6, 1914. This unique book was donated to the Foundation by Mr Pierre Mercier, Honorary Professor of the University of Lausanne and member of the Foundation Board.
Barely a month after this, in 1914, Rene Cassin was sent to the front where he sustained a serious injury in October. The hardships of war lead him to devote his life to veterans and human rights advocacy.
He is one of the drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which he presented to the United Nations General Assembly, sitting in plenary session at the Palais de Chaillot (Paris, France) on December 1948. He chaired the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) from 1965 to 1968 and was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1968.
The Foundation archives show that Rene Cassin and Jean Monnet met several times, especially within the French Committee of National Liberation during World War two and during the ratification of the European Convention on Human Rights by France in 1974.
Since 1988, Rene Cassin and Jean Monnet rest in the same vault in the Pantheon of Paris, by the side of Jean Moulin and André Malraux.