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Alfred-Maurice de Zayas

(1947- )

September 1998

[Used with the permission of Afred de Zayas]

Alfred de Zayas, Harvard Law School '70, member of the New York and Florida Bar, practised commercial law in New York in the firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and family law in Florida. He worked 22 years as a lawyer for the United Nations in Geneva, where he was President of the UN Society of Writers 1990-2005, and remains Editor-in-chief of the UN literary journal Ex Tempore.  He has been visiting professor of international law at DePaul University (Chicago), University of British Columbia (Vancouver), University of Trier (Germany), Universidad de Alcala de Henares (Madrid) and the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales.  At present he is professor of international law at the Geneva School of Diplomacy.  He has published poetry in English, French, German and Spanish.  One of his German poems "Beglueckt" was translated into Chinese and published in a literary journal in Shanghai.  In 2005 he published the first English language translation of Rainer Maria Rilke's Larenopfer, a cycle of 90 poems dedicated to Rilke's homeland Bohemia and hometown Prague, as a bilingual edition with commentary (published by Red Hen Press). 

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