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Introduction Memories Of Thomas Wälde

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In this chapter, the author talks about the death of Thomas Wälde. Thomas was a student at the Harvard Law School in the academic year 1972-1973 and continued his research here for another year. After Harvard, Thomas did not return to the German academic environment, finding it too confining and abstracted from reality. Instead he headed into the world of intergovernmental organizations concerned with international investment. This brought him into association with the United Nations, particularly the Centre on Transnational Corporations (CTC). After a dozen yeas at the Centre, Thomas went off to a more independent style of life, functioning as a consultant, arbitrator and scholar. The author highlights that Thomas' passing leaves a hole not only in the sensibilities of his many friends but in the world of legal relations between corporate interests and the needy and vulnerable developing countries that have to relate to them.

Keywords: Centre on Transnational Corporations (CTC); international investment; Thomas Wälde



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