LSU Shreveport Professor Authors Article
February 09, 2011LSU Shreveport Professor William D. Pederson has written the chapter "Lincoln as an International Lawyer" for the book Abraham Lincoln, Esq., The Legal Career of America's Greatest President. The book has been published by the University of Kentucky Press, edited by Roger Billings, professor of law, at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
Pederson says that few people recognize that the Great Emancipator is also responsible for "the first contribution in the international humanitarian law of armed conflict. His Lieber Code led to the Hague and Geneva Conventions." Pederson went on to say that Lincoln is also "credited for the first episode among modern nations to agree to binding arbitration of international disputes."
Pederson holds the American Studies Endowed Chair at LSUS. He worked at the U.S. Department of State prior to coming to Shreveport in 1981.
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