IN MEMORIAM ANTÔNIO CANÇADO TRINDADE (1947-2022) - DOI: 10.12818/P.0304-2340.2022v81p29


  • Andrew Drzemczewski Head of the Legal Affairs & Human Rights Department of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
  • Dean Spielmann President of Chamber, General Court, CJEU, Luxembourg.



As a teacher of the universality of human rights, his generous smile, enthusiasm and joviality always ensured a large audience, especially at the International Institute of Human Rights (René Cassin Foundation), to which he remained faithful ever since he received its prestigious diploma in 1974 from René Cassin. Summer studies in Strasbourg were not, however, the only thing Antônio had in common with one of the authors of this tribute. Studies undertaken simultaneously by him in Cambridge and one of the co-authors in London, at the L.S.E., his love of football, tennis sessions in Brazil and Strasbourg are all memories of a true and lasting close friendship. We also both remember the time we spent together in San José, Strasbourg and The Hague. In 2015, we were honoured to be able to preface three important volumes containing the separate opinions of Judge Cançado Trindade: ‘The Construction of a Humanized International Law,’ Brill/Nijhoff, 2015, 2017). How then to describe our immense sadness when we learned of Antônio’s death.