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My friendship with Burns Weston began in 1965. Burns, then practicing international law in New York, had just received one of the coveted grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and had been appointed Research Associate on the Yale Law School Faculty. I held the same rank, and we both worked under the guidance of Myres S. McDougal, the great American Legal Realist and a towering figure in international law. McDougal, or "Mac," as his closest students called him, put an indelible stamp on a generation of international law scholars and practitioners. Burns and I were not exceptions.

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