TRIBUTE TO JOHN HUMPHREY
Canadian co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Humphrey, John Peters (1905-1995), O.C., lawyer, diplomat, scholar and principal author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Mr. Humphrey was born in Hampton, New Brunswick. He practiced law from 1929 to 1936, when he joined the faculty of Law at McGill University in Montréal. In 1946 he was appointed as the first director of the human rights division within the United Nations Secretariat, where he was the principal drafter of the Universal Declaration. He retired from the UN in 1966 to rejoin McGill University, remaining active in the promotion of human rights in Canada and internationally until his death, at the age of 89, in March 1995.