Four Keynote Addresses On Tap for Conference Honoring the Late William S. Richardson Law School Professor Jon Van Dyke

January 23, 2013

Honolulu- A long-time associate of the late University of Hawai‘i Law Professor Jon Van Dyke will give an additional keynote address at a symposium conference next week honoring Van Dyke’s enduring memory and his historic legal and academic work.

The free, public conference – “He Hali‘a Aloha No Jon – Memories of Aloha for Jon” – opens Wednesday, January 30 and runs through Friday, February 1. Registration online is available at:

The gathering will be highlighted by four keynote addresses as it brings together an international entourage of scholars and legal experts on the Law of the Sea as well as nuclear law, sea level change, and human rights.

Harry N. Scheiber, the Riesenfeld Professor of Law & History and Co-Director of the Law of the Sea Institute at the University of California Berkeley Law School, will offer two keynote addresses.

His first is scheduled for 7 p.m. during the opening dinner reception on Jan. 30 to be held at the Hawai‘i Supreme Court Building. He will be joined in that talk by Jane Scheiber, Research Associate, Center for Law and Society, Berkeley Law School. Their remarks are entitled: “Military Government, Internal Security, and the Constitution: Hawai‘i Under Martial Law.”

Scheiber’s second honored keynote will specifically highlight Van Dyke’s prodigious academic portfolio. Entitled “The Legacy of Jon Van Dyke’s Scholarship,” it will outline the breadth and scope of Van Dyke’s accomplishments during his extraordinary career. It’s scheduled for 1:15 p.m. January 31 in Classroom 2 at the William S. Richardson School of Law where Van Dyke carved an international reputation in the areas of environmental, international and human rights law. The Law School will host much of the conference activity.

This conference - the first to be held under the auspices of the newly-formed Jon Van Dyke Institute of International Law and Justice – honors his work with indigenous peoples, with environmental issues, and with other concerns of global significance such as nuclear law.

The other two keynote addresses are being given by:

  • David Caron, Professor of Law and Co-Chair of the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law at Berkeley Law School. He will speak about “Anticipatory Public Trust Doctrine: A Means for Climate Change Adaptation,” at 1:15 p.m. February 1 in Classroom 2 at the Law School.
  • Jerome Cohen, Professor and Director of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at New York University Law School. He’ll reflect on recent human rights cases in China in the address, “A New Era for Chinese Justice, Reflections on the BoXilai and Chen Guangcheng Cases.” This address has already occurred and is now available on the Law School’s Law Review Symposium website at

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