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Monday, 6 August 2012

Amanda Perreau-Saussine EzcurraIt is with much sadness that the Faculty announces the death of Amanda Perreau-Saussine Ezcurra. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Amanda passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, 1 August 2012. She is survived by Carlos, her husband, and her children, Elisabeth and Martin, whose father, Emile Perreau-Saussine, Amanda's first husband, also died tragically early.

Amanda’s Requiem Mass will take place at Our Lady and the English Martyrs Catholic Church, Hills Road, Cambridge on Friday 10 August at 10.30am, followed by burial at All Saints, Haslingfield.

Amanda, a Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge from 2000 to her death, researched in and taught the philosophy of law, public international law, and constitutional law. She was also a Visiting Professor at Paris II. She was a Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Queens' College, Cambridge (2007-2012) and the Assistant Director of Cambridge's Centre for Public Law (2005-2012). She was previously a Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Newnham College, Cambridge (2000-2007); a Lecturer in Law at King's College, London (1998-2000); and before her doctoral studies (1994-1998) worked in the Legal and International Organisations Program of Amnesty International's International Secretariat in London.

Amanda was an internationally respected specialist in the historical jurisprudence of the law of nations and nature, as well as the theory of international law. Her wide knowledge of legal theory and philosophy, natural law, international law, international law and public law gave her published work great analytical rigour and depth. Her work on the relationship between English Law and International Law was much admired. Well informed by historical and philosophical knowledge, incisive, and structured around a robust appreciation of the principles at stake, it firmly established her as one of this country’s leading scholars in the field.

Amanda was a dedicated, astute and sensitive teacher. She was a conscientious and committed colleague, who was unstinting with her time and energy.

Amanda remained in marvellously good spirits in spite of her illness and exceptionally difficult personal circumstances. Her warmth, generosity and spirituality will be much missed by her Faculty colleagues and friends.