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US Lawyer Who Helped Cambodia Win the Preah Vihear Case in 1962 Dies at 74


Brice McAdoo Clagett, a Washington lawyer who helped Cambodia win the Preah Vihear case in 1962, died April 8 of cardiac arrest at George Washington University Hospital4, according to the Washington Post.

Clagett was an attorney for more than 4 decades with the law firm of Covington and Burling, reports the Washington Post. His specialties included public and private international law, foreign claims, international arbitration, international land and maritime boundaries, transportation and environmental law and Middle Eastern law.

According to the Post, in 1960, former US secretary of state Dean Acheson, a partner in the firm, asked Mr. Clagett to serve as a juridical counselor with the Cambodian delegation to the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

The case involved a boundary dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over Preah Vihear Temple. Cambodia prevailed, and Acheson was made Prince of the Royal Order of Cambodia, while Mr. Clagett was made Commander of the Order.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Diana Sinkler Clagett and two children from his first marriage, John Brice de Treville Clagett and Brooke Clagett.

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