According to a report by Kevin Jon Heller on Opinio Juris, the well known international legal scholar and practitioner Professor Sir Ian Brownlie, CBE, QC, FBA died in a car accident in Egypt. No other reports of this tragic incident have been published yet.
Sir Ian Brownlie was international Chichele Professor of Public International Law (after 1999 as Emeritus) at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the All Souls College. Over the years he helped shape public international law through numerous notable publications and practical achievements. Most famous among his publications is perhaps the ‘Principles of Public International Law’, which first came out in 1966 and was published in its 7th edition in 2008, and which – rightly – has been called ‘[t]he most well established and authoritative textbook on international law on the market.’ Sir Ian Brownlie was a practicing barrister since the mid 1960s and appeared before numerous international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice. Until his resignation in 2008 he was a member of the International Law Commission, which he chaired since 2007 and where he inter alia functioned as special rapporteur on the effects of armed conflict on treaties, producing 4 reports between 2005-2008. Moreover, Sir Ian Brownlie was a Fellow of the British Academy, a member of the International Law Association and of the Institut de Droit International.