Monroe Leigh was a prominent American political philosopher and diplomat. He was born in Halifax, Virginia, in 1919. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1940 and earned a law degree from the University of Virginia, serving as editor of the Virginia Law Review. His time in law school was interrupted by service in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
He served as a legal adviser for the United States Defense Department (to which he was appointed by Henry Kissinger) and as the Legal Adviser of the Department of State, NATO mission envoy, and president of the American Society of International Law. He was a prolific writer on the subject of international law, with his influential criticism of the United States' refusal to sign the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court being published in 2000, the year before he died.
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