Louis B. Sohn significantly influenced the modern law of the sea, as he did other areas of international law. Though a positivist immersed in the human history and process of developing the law, Louis was also a visionary who saw international law as a noble endeavor that could improve or even transform the world. Part I of this essay describes Louis's various roles and character. Part II briefly sets out his vision and his sense of the interconnectedness between the law of the sea and other areas of international law. Part III analyzes how Louis saw the international lawmaking process, with which he sought to implement his vision.
John E. Noyes, Louis B. Sohn and the Law of the Sea, 16 WILLAMETTE J. INT’L L. & DISP. RESOL. 238 (2008).