Prof. Jon M. Van Dyke

Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i
Jon M. Van Dyke has been Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i, since 1976, where he teaches Constitutional Law, International Law, International Ocean Law, and International Human Rights.  Previously he taught at the Hastings College of the Law (University of California) in San Francisco (1971-76) and Catholic University Law School (1967-69) in Washington, D.C.  He has served as a Associate Dean at the University of Hawai`i's Law School (1980-82) and as Director of the University's Spark M. Matsunaga Institute of Peace (1988-90).  He earned his J.D. degree at Harvard (1967) and his B.A. degree at Yale (1964), both cum laude.  He was a law clerk for Roger L. Traynor, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, in 1969-70.  Professor Van Dyke has written or edited eight books and has authored many articles on constitutional law and international law topics.  His recent co-authored books include International Law and Litigation in the U.S. (West, 2nd ed. 2005), Sharing the Resources of the South China Sea (Martinus Nijhoff/Kluwer International 1997; paperback edition, University of Hawai`i 1999), and Freedom for the Seas in the 21st Century:  Ocean Governance and Environmental Harmony (Island Press 1993) (which received the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award from the International Studies Association for excellence in the field of international environmental policy).  He has written other books and articles about searches and seizures, the jury system, international human rights, native rights, fisheries issues, ocean boundaries, and protection of the marine environment.  Now in the process of being prepared for publication by the University of Hawaii Press is his latest book, entitled Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawai`i?


He has engaged in important litigation on constitutional rights in the state and federal courts of Hawai`i as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Supreme Courts of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau, and the Administrative Tribunal of the Asian Development Bank.  He has served as a consultant for the South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme, the Permanent South Pacific Commission, the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures, the governments of Turkey, Vanuatu, and Nauru, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the State Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations, the City and County of Honolulu, the County Council and Charter Commission of Maui, and the Planning  Departments or Commissions of the Counties of Kaua`i, Maui, and Hawai`i.  He is a member of the editorial boards of Marine Policy and The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, and is on the advisory board of the Center for International Environmental Law and the Law of the Sea Institute.  In 1987, he received the University of Hawai`i Presidential Citation for Excellence in Teaching; and in 1984, 1993, 1996, and 2002 he was selected as the Outstanding Professor at the Law School.

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Publications and Multimedia
The Akaka Bill - Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group
November 11, 2009
Akaka Bill Debate
Online Debate
September 26, 2007