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Gilbert Keith Macinnes Highet

Gilbert Keith Macinnes Highet, British lawyer. Bar: New York 1962, District of Columbia 1973. Recipient Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial award Columbia Law School, 1987; named Commander Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, 1993.


  • Highet, Gilbert Keith Macinnes was born on May 20, 1933 in Oxford, England. Came to United States, 1938, naturalized, 1951. Son of Gilbert and Helen (MacInnes) Highet.

  • Education

    • Bachelor magna cum laude with highest honors in English, Harvard University, 1954. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1960. Postgrad, Balliol College.

      Postgrad, Oxford, England, 1957.


    • Lecturer law Ghana School Law, Accra, 1961. Associate Sullivan & Cromwell, New York City, 1961-1963, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, New York City, 1963-1968, partner, 1968-1989, counsel, since 1989. Resident Washington, since 1993.

      Adjunct professor international law Fletcher School Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 1989-1993. Professor lecturer international law School Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, since 1993. Counsel United Nations, 1988, various governments Internat Court Justice, The Hague, 1963-1966, 80—.

      Lecturer Institute des Htes Etudes Internationales, University Paris, 1991. Member Trilateral Task Force John F Kennedy School Government, Harvard University, 1992-1993. Visiting professor Faculte de Droit, 1994.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: New York 1962, District of Columbia 1973.


    • Member board editors American journal International Law. Editor: International Decisions, since 1989.


    Director, vice president The American Ditchley Foundation, New York City. Chairman panel legal experts of commission good government Republic of Philippines, 1986-1989. Member advisory committee international law United States Department State, 1986-1990.

    Served to 1st lieutenant United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1954-1956. Member American Bar Association, Association Bar City New York, American Society International Law (executive council, vice president 1983-1985, president 1986-1988), American Law Institute, International Law Association (trustee proceedings aspects, since 1993), Council on Foreign Relations, American Foreign Law Association (director 1978), Federal Bar Council (trustee 1976), Century Club, Cosmos Club.


    • Children: Ian Douglas, Eliot Chace, Mary Marshall MacInnes.
    • father: Gilbert Highet
    • mother: Helen (MacInnes) Highet
    • children: Ian Douglas Highet
    • Eliot Chace Highet
    • Mary Marshall MacInnes Highet
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    Born March 20, 1933