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Edward Allan Farnsworth

Edward Allan Farnsworth, American lawyer, educator. Bar: District of Columbia, 1952, New York, 1956.


  • Farnsworth, Edward Allan was born on June 30, 1928 in Providence. Son of Harrison Edward and Gertrude (Romig) Farnsworth.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Michigan, 1948. Master of Arts, Yale University, 1949. Juris Doctor (Ordronaux prize 1952), Columbia University, 1952.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Dickinson Law School, Pennsylvania State University, 1988. Doctor en Droit (honorary), University Paris, 1989. Doctor en Droit (honorary), University Louvain, 1989.


    • Member faculty Columbia University, New York City, from 1954, professor law, from 1959, Alfred McCormack professor law, 1970—2005. Visiting professor University Istanbul, University Dakar, 1964, University Paris, 1974-1975, 90, 93, Harvard Law School, 1970-1971, Stetson College Law, 1991, 94, University Michigan, 1994. Member faculty Salzburg Seminar American Law, 1963, Columbia Leyden Amsterdam program on American law, 1964, 69, 73, 85, San Diego Institute International and Comparative Law, Paris, 1982, 94, Tulane Summer Institute, Paris, 1995, 98, 99, 00, Rhodes, 1996, China Center for American Law Study, Beijing, 1986.

      Director orientation program on American law Association American Law Schools, 1965-1968. United States representative United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, 1970-1981. Reporter Restatement of Contracts 2nd, 1971-1980.

      Consultant New York State Law Revision Commission, 1956, 58, 59, 61, Puerto Rico commercial code revision, 1988-1991. Member committee validity and agency international sales contracts International Institute Unification Private Law, Rome, 1966-1972, member governing council, 1978-1998. Member advisory committee on private international law Secretary of State, 1985-1989.

      Special counsel city re-organization New York City Council, 1966-1968. United States delegate Vienna Conference on International Sales Law, 1980, Bucharest and Geneva Conference on International Agency, 1979, 83.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: District of Columbia, 1952, New York, 1956.


    • Changing Your Mind: The Law of Regretted Decisions
    • When does the law permit you to change your mind and reverse a decision you have made? In this masterful book, a foremost authority on American contract law identifies and discusses the general principles and legal rules that bear on this question.


    Denomination: Unitarian Universalist


    Captain, United States Air Force, 1952-1954. Fellow British Academy. Member American Bar Association (Theberge award for private international law 1996), American Philosophical Society, American Law Institute, Association of Bar New York City (chairman committee on foreign and comparative law 1967-1970, chairman special committee on products liability 1979-1982), Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi.


    • Married Patricia Ann (Nordstrom), May 30, 1952. Children: Jeanne Scott, Karen Ladd, Edward Allan (deceased), Pamela Annual.
    • father: Harrison Edward Farnsworth
    • mother: Gertrude (Romig) Farnsworth
    • spouse: Patricia Ann
    • children: Jeanne Scott Farnsworth
    • Karen Ladd Farnsworth
    • Edward Allan Farnsworth (deceased)
    • Pamela Annual Farnsworth
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    Born June 30, 1928
    Died January 31, 2005
    (aged 76)