My office has become so cluttered that I’ve finally capitulated and am seriously cleaning and jettisoning the detritus that has accumulated during the course of ten years. It is hard to believe that I have been in this office that long, but there you go. One of the treats of such an exercise is, of course, stumbling across the saved sentimental bits of past projects. Being more maudlin than many, I’ve got work related stuff going back to the mid-1980s.
By way of example, I’ve scanned a 1996 note from my teacher, mentor and friend, Lou Henkin. Lou’s generosity and kind heart are, in large measure, the reasons why I teach international law today. Back in 1996, I was putting together of liber amicorum in honor of Lou with Jon Charney and Mary Ellen O’Connell as a small way to express my gratitude to Lou. As part of the project, I had interviewed Lou for material to use in the introduction of the text. My interview never did see the light of day, but the one accompanying this note was published posthumously in 2011 after both Lou and Nino Cassese had died. See Cassese, Five Masters of International Law. Little did I know back in 1996 as I avidly read the transcript that it would be sixteen years before it was published.