LONDON (Jul. 30)
While no appointment has yet been made to the Weizmann chair of international law and peace at the Hebrew University, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today that Norman Bentwich, attorney-general of Palestine and vice-chancellor of the Hebrew University, is considered the most likely candidate.
At the meeting of the board of governors of the University which authorized the establishment of the chair a special committee was named to appoint the man who will fill the professorship. It is understood that Mr. Bentwich’s future relations with the Palestine government and his position as attorney-general have not yet been clarified.
The Weizmann chair of international law and peace was founded in honor of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, former president of the World Zionist Organization. The chair has been endowed with a fund of $75,000 by Sir Montague Burton, British merchant and Zionist leader.
Mr. Bentwich has been attorney-general of Palestine since the days when Sir Herbert Samuel was High Commissioner. He has been a leading British official in Palestine since the British occupied the country in 1917. Prior to that he had been inspector of courts in the Egyptian ministry of justice.
During his years as attorney-general. Mr. Bentwich made important changes in court procedure and amended the old Turkish laws, especially those dealing with mortgages and corporations. From 1910 to 1913 he was co-editor of the Jewish Review. He is the author of a number of books on Judeo-Greek philosophy and a work on international law.