Download Full Text (137 KB)
Myres S. McDougal (1906–1998), a member of the Yale Law School
faculty for fifty years, became Sterling Professor of International
Law in 1958. He graduated from the University of Mississippi,
received an LL.B there, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and
earned a J.S.D. from Yale in 1931. He served as assistant general
counsel of the U.S. Lend-Lease Administration during World
War II. He then returned to Yale Law School, where he and
Harold Lasswell developed the influential policy science approach
to international law.
Some of McDougal’s publications include:
The Law School of the Future: From Legal Realism to Policy Science
in the World Community (1947).
The Public Order of the Oceans: A Contemporary International Law
of the Sea (1962, with William T. Burke).
Law and Public Order in Space (1963, with Harold D. Lasswell).
Human Rights and World Public Order: The Basic Policies of an
International Law of Human Dignity (1980, with Harold D.
Lasswell and Lung-chu Chen).
The International Law of War: Transnational Coercion and World
Public Order (1994, with Florentino P. Felciano).
Lillian Goldman Law Library
Yale Law School, Oral Histories
Law | Legal Education
Collier, Bonnie, "A Conversation with Myres S. McDougal" (2013). Yale Law School Oral History Series. 4.