The Tunkin Diary and Lectures

October 29, 2020
The Tunkin Diary and Lectures

Grigorii Ivanovich Tunkin was a Soviet jurist anddiplomat who became a leading international lawyer in the SovietUnion. His interests were always multi-dimensional. From 1957 to1966, Tunkin led the Soviet Union's Legal Department of the ForeignMinistry. In 1961, he was President of the United NationsInternational Law Commission. Tunkin was professor and Chief of theChair of International Law at Moscow State University's Faculty ofLaw. He also served as President of the Soviet Association ofInternational Law, from its founding in 1957 until his death.Tunkin's textbooks on international law formed the core of theinternational law curriculum in the USSR for over 40 years. Hisworks continued to have a lasting influence following thedissolution of the USSR. The present volume brings together a setof materials unique to the Tunkin family and of considerableinterest to historians of international law, legal doctrine, andinternational diplomacy.The book opens with recollections of Tunkin by his youngest son,Vladimir Grigorevich Tunkin, prompted by the discovery that Tunkinkept a diary when he traveled abroad. These are followed by thetexts of Tunkin's lectures at The Hague Academy of InternationalLaw, delivered on four occasions between 1958 and 1986.