Professor C H Alexandrowicz Memorial Lecture on C H Alexandrowicz, India, and the Excavation of International Law by Carl Landauer. About C H Alexandrowicz Charles Henry Alexandrowicz (13 October 1902 – 26 September 1975), born Karol Aleksandrowicz, was a lawyer and scholar of international law. Born in Lviv, Alexandrowicz attended primary school at the Schottengymnasium in Vienna and studied law at Jagiellonian University, graduating with a… Read More »

Professor C H Alexandrowicz Memorial Lecture on C H Alexandrowicz, India, and the Excavation of International Law by Carl Landauer.

About C H Alexandrowicz

Charles Henry Alexandrowicz (13 October 1902 – 26 September 1975), born Karol Aleksandrowicz, was a lawyer and scholar of international law.

Born in Lviv, Alexandrowicz attended primary school at the Schottengymnasium in Vienna and studied law at Jagiellonian University, graduating with a doctorate in 1926. Subsequently, he worked for the Bank of Poland for three years, and then until 1939 practised law in Kraków and Katowice. Just before the outbreak of war in 1939, he accepted a lectureship at the Higher School of Social Sciences in Katowice. At the beginning of hostilities, Alexandrowicz was commissioned into the Polish army and was involved in fighting against both Soviet and German forces before the collapse of the Polish government. He then was able to escape to Romania, where he with other exiles attempted to preserve the continuity of the Polish state.

Increasing hostility from the Romanian authorities-led Alexandrowicz and other exiles to decamp first Istanbul and then, eventually, to London, where the Polish government-in-exile had been established after the fall of France. Initially, Alexandrowicz acted as a financial counsellor to the Polish embassy and then as a governor of the Polish national development bank, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego. He simultaneously served in the British Home Guard. In 1945, Alexandrowicz was appointed Director-General of the European Central Inland Transport Organization (ECITO), a new United Nations specialist agency.

Following the absorption of ECITO by the Economic Commission for Europe in 1947, Alexandrowicz returned to the law and was called to the bar of Lincoln’s Inn in 1948. He became a British citizen in 1950.

From London he moved to India in 1951 to teach at the University of Madras, publishing on Indian constitutional law. He spent a decade at the university and then moved to the University of Sydney in 1961. He retired from academic life in 1967.

Alexandrowicz’s scholarship emphasises a tradition of international law rooted in the work of natural law theorists such as Grotius—a tradition he saw as universalist—as opposed to later European theorists, who embraced Eurocentric views of the law of nations.

About Speakers of the Event

1. Carl Landauer

International lawyer, previously taught history at Yale, Stanford, and McGill Universities, and International Legal Theory at University of California Berkeley School of Law.

2. Prof (Dr) Manoj Kumar Sinha

Director, Indian Law Institute

3. Prof (Dr) Dilip Ukey

Vice-Chancellor, MNLU Mumbai

4. Prof (Dr) B Venugopal

Head, Department of Legal Studies, University of Madras


26th October 2021


6:30 PM to 8:00 PM IST


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