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educator , Lawyer , arbitrator

Oscar Schachter, American lawyer, educator, arbitrator. Bar: New York 1939. Recipient Friedman award Columbia Law School, 1983, Carl Fulda award University Texas Law School, 1990, Columbia Law medal for excellence, 1991.


Schachter, Oscar was born on June 19, 1915 in New York City. Son of Max and Fannie (Javits) Schachter.


Schachter was a native of New York City, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from City College of New York in 1936, and from Columbia Law School, where he was a Kent scholar and first in his class of 1939.


Editor-in-chief, Columbia Law Review, 1938-1939;private practice, New York City, 1939-1940;attorney, unites states department of Labor, Washington, 1940;chief national defense section in law department, Federal Communication Commission, 1941;section of law committee and adviser on international communications, Board of War Communications, 1941-1942;principal, divisional assistant, adviser on wartime economics controls and on European liberated areas, unites states department State, 1942-1943;assistant general counsel, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, 1944-1946;drafting officer, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration council sessions, 1944-1945;legal advisory, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration delegate to Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics and Poland, 1945;legal counselor, United Nations, 1946-1952;director general legal division, United Nations, 1952-1966;deputy executive director, director studies, United Nations Institute for Training and Research, 1966-1975;lecturer law, Yale University Law School, 1955-1971;Carnegie lecturer, Hague Academy International Law, 1963-1982;Rosenthal lecturer, Northwestern University Law School, 1974;professor Law school and Faculty International Affairs, Columbia University, since 1975;Hamilton Fish professor international law and diplomacy Law school and Faculty International Affairs, Columbia University, 1980-1985;professor emeritus Law school and Faculty International Affairs, Columbia University, since 1985. Visiting professor Harvard Law School, 1982. Chairman legal committee United Nations Maritime Conference,1948.

Legal consultant United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 1948. Past director General Legal Division of United Nations. Served as legal adviser various international conferences and United Nations councils and committees.

Secretary legal advising committee United Nations Atomic Energy Commission, 1946-1947. Vice chairman International Investment Law Conference, 1958. Executive secretary International ArbitrationConf., 1958.

Member panel arbitrators International Center for Settlement ofInvestment Disputes, 1980-1987. Judge Court Arbitration in Canada-FranceMaritime Boundary dispute, 1989-1992. Expert advisor United Nations commission on transnational corporations, 1990-1993.


  • Bar: New York 1939.



Board directors International Peace Academy, 1970-1982. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences, World Academy Art and Science. Member American Bar Association, American Society International Law (president 1968-1970, honorary vice president, executive council, honorary president 1994-1996, Manley Hudson medal 1981, Certified of Merit for creative scholarship 1992), Council on Foreign Relations, Institute de Droit International (vice president 1991-1993), International Law Association, International Astronautical Academy, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Mollie Miller, August 9, 1936 (deceased July 1980). Children: Judith (Mistress Albrecht Funk), Ellen (Mistress John P. Leventhal). Married Muriel L. Sackler, June 14, 1982.

Max Schachter

Fannie (Javits) Schachter

Mollie Miller

Muriel L. Sackler

Judith Schachter (Mistress Albrecht Funk)

Ellen Schachter (Mistress John P. Leventhal)