February 1 is ‘Jon Van Dyke Day’ in Hawai‘i - Honoring a Man Who Made a Difference ‘Across the Globe’

January 28, 2013

      Gov. Neal Abercrombie has proclaimed February 1st “Jon Van Dyke Day” in Hawai‘i, honoring the memory of a man whose lifetime was spent fighting for the underdog and forging new legal ground in his battles for justice and equality.
      Van Dyke, a law professor at the University of Hawai‘i, died of a heart attack in November of 2011, just hours before he was scheduled to give a keynote address at a Law of the Sea Conference in Australia.
          A free conference open to the public that honors Professor Van Dyke’s extraordinary legal contributions will be held in Classroom 2 at the William S. Richardson School of Law this Thursday and Friday, January 31-February 1.
             The conference will bring international scholars to speak at the Law School covering issues from sea level change to nuclear law to human rights. Law Dean Avi Soifer said the conference will highlight “the extraordinary breadth” of Van Dyke’s accomplishments “and the real difference he made across the globe.”
       Four keynote addresses will discuss Van Dyke’s vast scholarship – he wrote, contributed to, or edited more than 100 scholarly works – as well as the Martial Law experience in Hawai‘i during World War II, human rights issues in China, and global environmental challenges.
      Van Dyke was an internationally recognized legal scholar for his work in environmental, ocean, constitutional, human rights, Native Hawaiian and international law. Among many causes, he helped forge the legal framework for the Law of the Sea, and, with his wife, attorney Sherry Broder, successfully sued the Marcos regime on behalf of those whose civil and human rights had been violated in the Philippines.
        The conference – “He Hali‘a Aloha No Jon – Memories of Aloha for Jon – will bring together scholars from areas where Van Dyke’s influence was directly felt, including Japan, Korea, China, the United States, Guam and Palau. It will also feature outstanding faculty members from the Richardson School of Law where Van Dyke taught for more than 30 years.
         The Jon Van Dyke Institute of International Law and Justice, formed in part to carry on his work and to support young scholars in his areas of expertise, is one of the primary sponsors, along with the Richardson Law School and its Law Review, the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
         Other sponsors include: Carlsmith Ball LLP; the East-West Center; Hawai‘i State Bar Association, International Law Section; UH School of Pacific and Asian Studies; UH Center for Korean Studies; Richardson Law School Alumni Association; and the Richardson Law School Student Bar Association.

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