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Prof. Shotwell Lauds Efforts of Davis and Proskauer for Commission on Human Rights

The efforts of John W. Davis, one-time Democratic candidate for President of the United States and of Judge Joseph M. Proskauer, president of the American Jewish Committee, which led to the establishment of a Commission on Human Rights by the United Nations Conference at San Francisco, are praised by Prof. James Shotwell in the current issue of Survey Graphic. Prof. Shotwell is one of the consultants to the U.S. delegation at San Francisco, representing the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace.

“The amendment to the Dumbarton Oaks plan providing for the Commission on Human Rights was inserted in the charter at the insistence of the consultants to the American delegation,” Prof. Shotwell writes. “The proposal for such a commission was first developed by the Commission to Study the Organization of Peace which sponsored it in a nationwide campaign. The credit for the final achievement of it, however, goes to all of those who joined together to ensure its success, and not least to the eloquent public advocacy of the commission by John W. Davis–and by Judge Joseph M. Proskauer in the meeting of the consultants.”