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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.


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 of faculty, Columbia University, New York City, since 1954;professor of law, Columbia University, New York City, since 1959;Alfred McCormack professor of law, Columbia University, New York City, since 1970. Visiting professor U. Istanbul, U. Dakar, 1964, U. Paris, 1974-1975, 90, 93, Harvard Law S church, 1970-1971, Stetson College Law, 1991, 94, University of Michigan, 1994. Member of 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 Practice, Paris, 1995, 98, 99, 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 Commision on International Trade Law, 1970-1981. Reporter Restatement of Contracts 2nd, 1971-1980.

Consultant New York State Law Revision Commission, 1956, 58, 59, 61, P.R. commercial code revision, 1988-1991. Member committees validity and agency international sales contracts International Institute Unification Private Law, Rome, 1966-1972, member governing county, since 1978. Member advanced.com. on private international law Secretary of State, 1985-1989.

Special counsel cityreorgn. 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.


Captain United States Army Air Force, 1952-1954. Fellow British Academy. Member American Bar Association (Theberge award for private international law1996), American Philosophical Society, American Law Institute, Association of Bar of City of New York(Chairman of Commission on foreign and comparative law 1967-1970, chairman special commission 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.