Max Huber, born 28 December 1874 in Zurich, died 1 January 1960 in Zurich, studied jurisprudence at the Universities of Lausanne, Zurich and Berlin, where he acquired a doctorate. In 1902, he was called onto the ordinary chair for constitutional law, public church law and international law by the University of Zurich, a professorship to which he remained faithful until 1921. As a legal consultant of the Swiss government, he represented Switzerland 1907 to the Second Den Haag and in 1919 to the Paris Conference, where he took part in shaping the neutrality of his country. As a legal diplomat he was delegated to several boards of the League of Nations. He was also a member of the Den Haag International Court between 1922 and 1932 and was even its president between 1925 and 1927. Just another obligation for him was to preside over the International Red Cross Committee from 1928 to 1944, where he contributed to the development of the humanitarian law. He obtained multiple honours such as 10 doctors honoris causa, and above all was a man with a huge reputation in his time.
For further information, please consult:
Peter Vogelsanger: Max Huber, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 1967;
Felix Renner: Der Verfassungsbegriff im staatsrechtlichen Denken der Schweiz im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert (Dissertation Universität Zürich), Zürich: Schulthess & Co., 1968, pp. 441 ss.;
Daniel Thürer: Max Huber – A Portrait in Outline, in: The European Journal of International Law, vol. 18 (2007), S. 69-80;
Andreas Kley: Max Huber – Völkerrechtler des 20. Jahrhunderts, in: Staatsrechtslehrer des 20. Jahrhunderts, Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015, pp. 161 ss.
Selected Works of the Author
Max Huber: Heimat und Tradition, Glaube und Kirche, Gesellschaft und Humanität, Rückblick und Ausblick, Vermischte Schriften, 4 vol. Zürich: Atlantis, 1948.