William Rappard (1883-1958), was professor, vice-chancellor, Swiss diplomat.
Student, it attended many universities: in Paris he was the pupil of Adolphe Landry (1874-1956) which, he seems, marked it and of Halévy; in Germany it followed the courses of Wagner and Schmoller, in Harvard de Taussig and Vienna de Philippovich which encouraged it to be interested in the International organization of Work (ILO).
Professor attending Harvard of 1911 to 1912, it is named in 1913 professor at the University of Geneva. Friend of Lowell, chair of Harvard of 1909 to 1933, knowing the Colonel House and Walter Lippmann, it played a big role in the attribution of the seat of the Société of the Nations in Geneva. It chaired the commission of the mandates of the SDN.
Founder of the Academic institute of High International studies of Geneva, it accommodated there many refugees coming from the close totalitarian States. He was also member in the Thirties of the " International committee for the placement of the intellectuals réfugiés".
At the end of the Thirties, he was opposed to the Fondation Rockefeller which would have liked that IUHEI is devoted to the economic studies and gives up teaching like had made the Brookings Institution. With this occasion it accepted the support of Lionel Robbins which held it in high regard. Member of the Swiss delegation near ILO of 1945 to 1956. One of the founders of the Company of the Mount-Pilgrim.
OMC has its seat in the Center William Rappard where was installed before ILO.
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