Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Abraham D. Sofaer Papers
Collection number: 96040
Sofaer, Abraham D.
149 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes
61.4 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: The Abraham D. Sofaer Papers record his accomplishments as a legal adviser, a judge, a professor, and a writer. The most important
segment of this collection is his handling of the libel suit brought against
Time magazine by Ariel Sharon in 1984.
He also deals with the international laws of warfare and the presidential war-making powers in the United States. The legal
interpretation of the 1972 Anti Ballistic Missile Treaty and its effects on development of the Strategic Defense Initiative
form a significant part of his legal proceedings.
Materials include writings, reports, notes, studies, correspondence, memoranda, legal records, and printed matter. They help
focus on such cases as well as issues relating to airline industry of the United States, water use law, and terrorism.
Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages represented in the collection:
Box numbers 36, 122, and 138-139 are closed during the lifetime of Abraham D. Sofaer, the remainder of the collection is open
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Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1996
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find
the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at
. Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number
of boxes listed in this finding aid.
|1938 May 6
||Born, Bombay (Mumbai), India
||Served with United States Air Force
||Naturalized as a citizen of the United States
||Graduated magna cum laude in history, Yeshiva College, New York
New York Law Review
||LL.B cum laude (Root-Tilden scholar), New York University
||Passed the bar
||Law clerk, J. Skelly Wright, U.S. Court of Appeals, Washington, D.C.
||Law clerk, William J. Brennan Jr., U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.
||Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. District Court, Southern District, New York City, New York
||Professor of Law, Columbia University, New York City, New York
||Meyer Professor of Law and Social Research, Columbia University
||Brainerd Currie lecturer, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
||Hearing Officer, New York Department of Environment
War, Foreign Affairs and Constitutional Power: The Origins
||Member, Board of Directors, Citizens Union and Mobilization for Youth Legal Services
||Adjunct Professor of Law, Columbia University
||Judge, U.S District Court, Southern District of New York City, New York
||Doctor of Law, honoris causa, Yeshiva University, New York
The Political Offense and Terrorism and The United States and the World Court
||Legal advisor, Department of State, Washington, D.C.
The War Powers Resolution and Antiterrorist Operations
The War Powers Resolution
||Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
||Practiced law with Hughes, Hubbard, and Reed, Washington, D.C.
||Senior Fellow and George P. Shultz Distinguished Scholar, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
The New Terror: Facing the Threat of Biological and Chemical Weapons
The Transnational Dimension of Cyber Crime and Terrorism
Scope and Content of Collection
The Abraham Sofaer papers illustrate his career and accomplishments as a legal advisor, an editor of
Law Review, a professor, a judge, and a prolific writer. Includes information about his prominent legal cases, especially the libel
Time magazine brought by Ariel Sharon in 1984.
Abraham Sofaer's legal expertise and judicial opinions contained in this collection relate to international law and its interpretation,
constitutional aspects of United States laws, defense programs, transportation issues, environmental conservation, and safety
and security of the world community.
Materials include writings, reports, notes, studies, correspondence, memoranda, legal records, and printed matter. Documents
bring to life the international laws of warfare, the presidential war-making powers in the United States, defense concerns,
the legal interpretation of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and the development of the Strategic Defense Initiative.
Transportation issues relate to airline industry in the United States.
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and contamination of Upper Hudson River raised the issues of elimination of contamination,
environmental conservation, water use law, and the need for developing a new approach to resolve environmental conflicts.
Terrorism is linked to the question of security and became an important part of his judicial proceedings. Even foreign countries
like Korea, Libya, and Panama, and Nicaragua find their places in his courtroom.
His legal opinions and method of handling these issues reflect his expertise and contribution to the legal profession.
The original order of the collection has been maintained.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in Stanford University's online catalog.
United States. Dept. of State.
National Commission to Ensure a Strong Competitive Airline Industry(U.S.)
Strategic Defense Initiative.
War (International law)
War and emergency powers--United States.
Water--Law and legislation.