VAN DYKE--Jon Markham. University of Hawaii Law Professor, 68, a scholar and practitioner known internationally for expertise in human rights, environmental, ocean and constitutional law, died November 29, 2011 in Wollongong, Australia. He was born 1943 in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School. Van Dyke wrote six books, edited another six books, and authored hundreds of articles and book chapters. He won numerous teaching and research awards including the UH Regents Medal for Excellence in Research. His recent books "Sharing the Resources of the South China Sea" and "Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawaii" have been recognized as significant contributions to these issues. He was co-author of the casebook, "International Law and Litigation in the U.S." Among his many accomplishments were his efforts to promote the rights and entitlements of Native Hawaiians, stop dumping of nuclear waste at sea and establish nuclear-free zones, restore water to the streams of Hawaii, obtain compensation for the victims murdered or tortured by the Marcos regime, implement peace and reconciliation in Northeast Asia, promote the rule of law in the South China Sea, and protect whales, ocean animals, and orangutans. He promoted the Law of the Sea Treaty, was an expert in ocean law and maritime delimitations and was devoted to protecting the ocean environment. Van Dyke consulted with Korea on Dokdo and international justice and Turkey on ocean issues, represented Pacific Islanders including the victims of atmospheric nuclear testing and climate change and worked for Greenpeace International on the protection of the oceans. Donations for the Jon Van Dyke Fund at UH Law School may be made online www.uhfoundation.org/jonvandyke or by check payable to UH Foundation (JVD Fund) at WSRSL, 2515 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822. Net proceeds, if sufficient, will be used to establish the Jon Van Dyke Institute for International Law and Justice. There will be a memorial service January 14 at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Survived by his wife, Sherry Broder; children, Jesse, Eric, and Michelle Broder Van Dyke; brother, Stuart of Washington, DC.; sister, Jan of Greensboro, NC.
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Published in The New York Times on Jan. 8, 2012