“…we were about to enter into one of the most important meetings either of us had ever planned, and all he wanted to talk about was his family!”

Howard Mann, Senior International Law Advisor International Institute for Sustainable Development

Working with Konrad was always a special treat. “Forthright” hardly begins to describe the nature of our comments on each other’s drafts on trade or investment issues. Watching Konrad in full flight at a conference or workshop was inspiring. And as we finished what was to be his final session as chair, our workshop in The Hague to review the first draft of the IISD Model Agreement on Investment, his infectious joy at the obvious success of the meeting—one he was later to call his best-ever meeting—was again inspiring.

But what I will always remember best of Konrad is the lunch we had during Christmas of 2004. He drove down from his beloved home in Vermont to an old Inn in northern Massachusetts where I met him from my own family vacation in Connecticut. We met ostensibly to discuss the upcoming meeting in The Hague, then just 10 days away. We did do that—for 30 minutes or so. The other two-and a- half hours we spent talking about his family: this was the first time his whole family had been together in many years, four generations worth, and he was truly overjoyed. To get this in perspective, we were about to enter into one of the most important meetings either of us had ever planned, and all he wanted to talk about was his family!

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