Stephan Verosta

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Stephan Verosta (born October 16, 1909 in Vienna ; † December 7, 1998 there ) was an Austrian international lawyer.

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The son of the director of the Radetzky High School in Vienna studied law at the University of Vienna , in Paris , Geneva and The Hague . From 1932 to 1938 he worked in the international law department of the Foreign Ministry, at that time one of the section in the Federal Chancellery , taught at the Vienna Consular Academy and in between 1936 passed the judge's examination. In the years 1938 to 1945, the former party member of the corporate state was suspended from service. After 1945, Verosta played an important role in the rebuilding of the Austrian diplomatic service.

His book The International Position of Austria 1938–47 was influential . Verosta completed his habilitation in 1946 , and in 1953 became head of the international law department. From 1956 to 1961 he was ambassador to Warsaw, from 1962 to 1980 he taught as a successor to Alfred Verdroß-Droßberg as full professor at the University of Vienna. As an important advisor to Leopold Figl , he was also involved in the drafting of the Austrian State Treaty . Verosta emphatically defended the thesis of the occupatio bellica of Austria in 1938 (in contrast to the assertion of a legally valid annexation ). Verosta can thus be seen as the founder and main proponent of the so-called victim thesis .

From 1977 to 1981 Verosta was a member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations.

In 1978 Stephan Verosta was awarded the City of Vienna Prize for the Humanities .

He was buried at the Neustift cemetery .


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