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March 12, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- The faculty from Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law has dedicated a special room in the SMU Underwood Law Library in memory of the late Sir Joseph Gold, general counsel of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 1960 to 1979, who last year bequeathed more than 4,400 volumes of professional and personal papers to the library.

At a ceremony Tuesday, March 6, members of Sir Joseph's family and law school students and faculty met in the library to dedicate the room and to give personal tributes to Sir Joseph, who died Feb. 22, 2000 at the age of 87.

After his retirement from the IMF, Sir Joseph became involved with the law school through his former student, SMU Law Professor Joseph J. Norton, the James L. Walsh Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Financial Institutions, and Professor of Law Emerita Beverly M. Carl. Sir Joseph often visited the law school to teach, give lectures or participate in conferences organized by the school's Institute of International Banking. In 1985 SMU honored him with an honorary doctor of laws degree.

"Sir Joseph was a pathfinding legal scholar of the postwar era. He saw international law as a means for helping to establish a better, more stable and more peaceful world order, and he worked to achieve these ends through his contributions to the IMF and to the development of international monetary law, " Norton said.

As one of the first attorneys to join the agency, Sir Joseph had a commanding view of the world's economies in a career that spanned 53 years at the IMF. The special United Nation's agency was established at the end of World War II as a way to secure international monetary cooperation, stabilize exchange rates and expand international liquidity. While at the IMF, Sir Joseph witnessed the rebuilding of postwar Europe, the rise and fall of the Cold War, and the emergence of the Asian economies, a career that makes his professional papers all the more valuable to scholars of economics, law, international relations and world history.

Sir Joseph was a noted legal scholar in the affairs of international monetary law and the key legal architect of the IMF's development. He published more than 20 volumes on the interpretation of the articles of the Fund and other aspects of the international monetary legal system. He was the chief draftsman of the first and second amendments to the Fund's Articles of Agreement. London-born and educated, Sir Joseph received bachelor's and master's degrees in law from the University of London and his doctor of laws from Harvard University.

A year ago the papers came to the Underwood Law Library in more than 100 boxes that are still being organized and cataloged, according to Gail M. Daly, associate dean for library and technology and director of the Underwood Law Library. The collection contains monographs or books on economics, banking and international relations; professional articles authored by Sir Joseph; personal letters and other papers; and professional documents, both paper and on microfilm. Daly said international law materials are a particular strength of the Underwood Law Library, which is the largest private law library in the Southwest.

"Our international holdings include extensive documentation from the United Nations and relevant publications from a number of other international agencies. Sir Joseph's papers will enrich the library's collection of finance, banking and international commerce materials," Daly said.

In addition to the room dedication, SMU's Dedman School of Law sponsored a conference as a further tribute to Sir Joseph March 7 that brought about 100 lawyers, business people and students to the SMU campus. The conference, "International Monetary and Financial Law in the New Millennium," featured talks by Francois Gianviti, general counsel of the IMF; Ibrahim Shihata, former general counsel for the IMF and the first director of the OPEC Fund for International Development; and Thomas Baxter, general counsel of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, among others. Other events are planned to mark Sir Joseph's contributions to the development of monetary law as well, including a June 1 conference in London at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), which will be co-sponsored by the SMU Institute of International Banking. The proceedings from both the SMU and the BIICL events will be published in a volume of essays by leading international scholars.