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Oral history interview with Paul Berthoud, 2001

Creator: Berthoud, Paul
Project: United Nations intellectual history project (UNIHP)
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Phys. Desc. :sound file : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit)
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

United Nations official

Scope and Contents

Born 1922; middle-class upbringing in 1920s Switzerland; early exposure through family to contemporary political issues, importance of international cooperation specifically in context of League of Nations; early exposure to other cultures; importance of multiple, disparate sources of news; university study of law and politics; Ph.D in international law at Graduate Institute of International Studies in Switzerland; doctorate thesis on control of the execution of the International Labor Organization conventions; work for Swiss Ministry of Economics; taught course on United Nations at University of Neuchatel; post Ph.D. thesis on Article 2(7) of United Nations Charter; importance of United Nations Bulletin subscription in developing further knowledge concerning United Nations policy; 1948: difficulties entering the United Nation employment as a Swiss citizen; participant in early UN field work in Lebanon; discussion of global divide between North-South, and East-West, haves and have-nots; discussion of changing nature of United Nations Organization; discussion about formation and deployment of UNCTAD, or United Nations Conference in Trade and Development, 1964; discussion of multilateralism


Access Conditions

Copyright by the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 2001

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