After World War II Cassin became president of the Council of State (Conseil d'Etat), France's highest administrative court, and held other high legal and administrative offices in France. Internationally, he helped found the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1944 and was a French delegate to UNESCO from 1945 to 1952. A French representative to the United Nations from 1946 to 1968, he was president of the UN Commission on the Rights of Man (1947-48) and helped to draft the Declaration of the Rights of Man. From 1965 to 1968 he was president of the European Court of Human Rights.
Cassin received the Nobel Prize for Peace on Dec. 20, 1968, the 20th
anniversary of the ratification of the UN Declaration. He was also a
Zionist and campaigner for Jewish rights and was president of the Alliance
Israelite in France.
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