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Édouard Descamps

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IntroBelgian judge and politician
A.K.A.Chevalier Edouard Eugène Descamps, Edouard Descamps, Chevalier Edouar…
Was Judge

Politician
Professor
Educator
Lawyer

From Belgium
Type Academia
Law
Politics
Gendermale
Birth 27 August 1847, Belœil, Belgium
Death 17 January 1933, Brussels metropolitan area, Belgium
(aged 85 years)
Star signVirgo

Biography

Édouard Eugène François Descamps (1847–1933), also known as Baron Descamps, was a Belgian jurist and politician who was known as a contributor to international law.

Family

He was the son of Edouard-J. Descamps and Sylvie Van der Elst. He was married to Maria David-Fischbach Malacord (1860–1921), who gave him three sons (of whom one died):

  • Pierre Descamps (1884–1965)
  • Emmanuel Descamps (1886–1968)

Career

He was a law professor at the University of Louvain, and it was at his suggestion that a committee of the League of Nations proposed an international court of justice.

Between 1901–1907 and 1911–1914, he was president of the Senate, and he served until 1910 as Minister of sciences and arts.

Honours

  •  Belgium: Minister of State, by Royal Decree.
  •  Belgium: Created Baron Descamps, by Royal Decree in 1904.
  •  Belgium: Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold.
  •  Belgium: Knight Grand Cross in the Order of the Crown, RD in 1919.
  •  France: Knight Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour.
  •  Italy: Knight Grand Cross in the Order of the Crown of Italy.
  •  Netherlands: Knight Grand Cross in the Order of the Netherlands Lion.
  •  Japan: Knight Grand Cross in the Order of the Rising Sun.
  •  Greece: Knight Grand Cross in the Order of the Phoenix.
  •  Luxembourg: Knight Grand Cross in the Order of the Oak Crown.