With heavy hearts and profound respect, we commemorate the life and legacy of Professor Eric David, a towering figure in the world of international law. Professor David was not only a luminary in his field but also a passionate advocate for human rights and a steadfast friend of the Iranian Resistance and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). His passing leaves a void that is felt deeply not only by his family and colleagues but by all those whose lives he touched.
A Scholar of Eminence
Professor Eric David leaves behind an invaluable body of work in the realm of international human rights law. His writings on human rights and international law are regarded as seminal and have become essential references for scholars and practitioners alike. His commitment to justice and human rights was not confined to the classroom or the library; it was a guiding principle that animated his life and work.
In 2005, in light of the proposed new Iraqi constitution, Professor Eric David, President of the Center for International Law at the “Université Libre de Bruxelles” underscored the critical need to ensure that the document prevents Iran’s authoritarian regime from exploiting legal mechanisms to further its oppressive agenda. Professor David’s insight reflected the concern that the Iranian regime has historically sought to manipulate regional dynamics, and the development of a constitution in neighboring Iraq should be a safeguard against such exploitation. His remarks emphasized the importance of crafting a constitution that upholds democratic principles, human rights, and the rule of law while guarding against external interference that could compromise Iraq’s sovereignty and the aspirations of its people. The test of time only acted as a witness to his insights, solidifying the profound impact of Professor Eric David’s wisdom on the course of justice and human rights.
Heartfelt condolences on the loss of Prof. Eric David, a towering figure in international law and a stalwart advocate for the Iranian Resistance and PMOI, renowned for his expertise in international humanitarian law. Prof. David's legacy is one of justice, moral courage, and… pic.twitter.com/LE4rZkjOeU— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) August 31, 2023
Prof Eric David, a prominent international law expert: The #1988Massacre of the #MEK activists & sympathizers is a real crime against humanity, because it is an attack against a civilian population. #NoImpunity4Mullahs #StopExecutionsinIran https://t.co/5M61dtJsRD— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) August 22, 2020
A Tireless Advocate for Justice
One of Professor David’s most remarkable qualities was his unwavering commitment to justice. He was not content with merely discussing legal principles; he put them into action. In 2008, he embarked on a courageous mission, visiting Ashraf-1 in Iraq, where he stood in solidarity with PMOI/MEK members facing threats. This act of moral courage exemplified his dedication to the cause of justice.
Professor Eric David’s exceptional contributions to international law and his advocacy for human rights are exemplified by his active participation in conferences and statements aimed at defending the rights of Ashraf residents. He played a pivotal role in denouncing the unrealistic and inverse depiction of prison conditions at Camp Liberty, highlighting the dangerous consequences this portrayal posed to Ashraf residents. Moreover, his involvement in international conferences in Geneva underscores his unwavering commitment to urging the United Nations and relevant bodies to take urgent action to prevent another tragedy akin to Srebrenica, this time in Ashraf. Notably, Professor David joined international jurists and lawmakers in calling on Iraq to release 36 Iranian hostages, demonstrating his dedication to securing justice and safeguarding the rights of those in perilous situations. His tireless efforts within these contexts have left an indelible mark on the pursuit of justice and human rights.
A Man of Humility and Simplicity
While Professor David’s professional achievements were illustrious, his personal qualities were equally exceptional. He lived a life marked by humility and simplicity, making him not just a renowned scholar but also a beloved friend and colleague. His kindness, approachability, and willingness to engage with people from all walks of life endeared him to many.
A Voice for the Voiceless
In the context of the Iranian Resistance’s historic struggle against the oppressive regime of the mullahs, Professor David lent his voice powerfully. He condemned the regime’s atrocities against the PMOI/MEK, using his intellectual rigor to bring international attention to crimes against humanity and genocide, most notably the 1988 massacre.
Professor Eric David’s dedication to advancing human rights and justice shines through his involvement in conferences addressing Iran’s 1988 massacre. These gatherings have repeatedly emphasized the urgent need for international action and accountability. Professor David’s contributions to raising global awareness of this heinous event, where over 30,000 political prisoners were brutally killed, are profound. His participation in discussions surrounding Hamid Noury’s trial underscores the world community’s obligation to confront impunity and seek justice for the victims of such atrocities.
A Lasting Legacy
Professor Eric David’s legacy is monumental, leaving an indelible mark on the realms of justice and law. His pivotal role in the legal victories of the Iranian Resistance stands as a testament to the triumph of justice and law over inhumanity and global intrigue.
As we honor the life and work of Professor Eric David, let us also heed the call for unwavering commitment to the principles of justice and human rights that he championed. In a world where these principles are often tested, let us remember his example and strive to carry forward his legacy of compassion, integrity, and unyielding dedication to the cause of justice.
May his soul find eternal peace, and may a new generation of jurists and human rights activists courageously follow in his formidable footsteps.