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Paul Weis
UNHCR Protection Director

Paul Weis

Paul Weis
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Intro UNHCR Protection Director
Was Attorney Lawyer Film director
From Austria Switzerland
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Law
Gender male
Birth 19 March 1907, Vienna, Austria
Death 6 February 1991, Geneva, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland (aged 83 years)
Star sign Pisces
University of Vienna
London School of Economics and Political Science
Nansen Refugee Award 1991
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Paul Weis (19 March 1907 – 6 February 1991) was an Austrian lawyer and survivor of the persecution by the Nazis. He is dubbed to be the "founding father of the protection".


Weis was born in Vienna on 19 March 1907. He flew from the concentration camp Dachau. He was the Protection Director of the United Nationals High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR). He co-authored the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. He contributed groundbreaking work on the law of nations, in particular to the right of asylum and refugee law.  His monograph "Nationality and statelessness in international law" is a standard work.

He died on 6 February 1991 in Geneva.

For his work relating to the rights of refugees, Weis was awarded the Nansen Refugee Award posthumously in 1991.



  • Nationality and statelessness in international law. Stevens, London 1956 (English).


  • 1991: Nansen Refugee Award (posthumously)
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