Fonds Fonds 30 - D.C. Williams fonds

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D.C. Williams fonds

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Fonds 30

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  • 1937-1971, predominant 1963-1970 (Creation)

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4.87 m of textual records

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David Colwyn Williams was born in Swansea, South Wales, in 1916. He received a BA (1938) from the University of Wales, and both another BA and an LL.B. (1940) from Cambridge. During World War II, Williams served with the South Wales Borderers in India, the Middle East, and Leros, where he was taken prisoner by German forces in 1943. At the end of the war he returned to Cambridge for one year as a law supervisor, then accepted the post of Lecturer in Law at Queen's University, Belfast. While on leave in 1958, Williams earned an LL.M from the University of California, Berkley. He accepted a position as Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in 1961, was promoted to Professor in 1964, and in 1969 was named Assistant Dean of the College of Law. Williams was the author of a number of publications, notably in the fields of Public and Private International Law and Legal History. He also served with various organizations, including the United Nations Association, Canadian Institute of International Affairs, and the Advisory Group to the Minister of External Affairs. Colwyn Williams died suddenly at his Saskatoon home on 26 December 1971.

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This fonds contains correspondence, memoranda, articles, addresses, notes, and case books. Much of the material deals with aspects of international law, including peace-keeping, the role of the United Nations, Canadian foreign policy, the European Economic Community, and the Organization of American States. There is considerable material on other areas of law as well: the judicial system and selection of judges; human rights; capital punishment; evidence; English law; and legal history, including research on law and institutions in the Northwest Territories, 1869-1905.

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Related material: See also Alumni files, Faculty Biographies, and Faculty Publications.

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