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AIESEC Peacebuilder

70th Anniversary Edition

Morris Wolff

International Lawyer | United States

AIESEC Experience:

Morris began his AIESEC experience in Yale in 1958. He then went on an AIESEC internship program in Germany and was elected as AIESEC’s Presiding President in 1960. Through this role , he supported the establishment of AIESEC’s global office. After his term, he did another AIESEC internship in Japan and supported the creation of the organization in various countries in Africa.

Contributions to AIESEC’s Vision of Peace and Fulfillment of Humankinds Potential:

After his AIESEC experience, Morris went to public service where he served under then Attorney-General Robert F. Kennedy and played an active role in shaping civil rights legislation in the United States. In 1983, along with Rosa Parks, he was awarded the National Council of Christian and Jews annual award for humanitarian service for his work with Attorney General Robert Kennedy in helping to write the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964. Morris’ most notable work is with his involvement with the effort to rescue Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat hired by the United States to save Jews in Hungary during WWII. This earned him the United Nations Peace Prize in 1993.

Biography:

Morris Wolff is a distinguished lawyer and law professor. He is a cum laude graduate of Amherst College and of the Yale Law School, where he studied international law. Morris practiced international law and trial law in Philadelphia from 1970 to 1993 as a partner with the Honorable Harold E. Stassen, former Governor of Minnesota and one of the five original signers of the United Nations Charter. During that period, Morris was also a Professor of International Law and Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and served for two years as the Chief Assistant District Attorney of the City of Philadelphia. In March of 1983 Morris was asked by Guy von Dardel of Stockholm, Sweden, half-brother of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, to sue the Soviet Union to force them to release his brother Raoul. This resulted in his authoring a book entitled “Whatever Happened to Raoul Wallenberg” which tells the Wallenberg story of heroic life saving work in Hungary and reports on Morris’s pro bono effort in US Federal Court in Washington DC to achieve this rescue. Morris currently resides in Florida.

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