Four keynote addresses on tap at inaugural conference at Law School

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Cynthia D Quinn, (808) 956-7966
Interim Associate Dean for Student Services, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Beverly Creamer, 389-5736
Media Consultant, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Posted: Jan 24, 2013

Four keynote addresses, including two by a long-time associate of the late University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Law Professor Jon Van Dyke, will be presented 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:

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has proclaimed February 1 “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 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.

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

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 is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on 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.

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. on 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