Chris Joyner: A tribute from Georgetown Provost James O’DonnellSeptember 11, 2011 # 5:15 pm # Armed Conflict, Education, Foreign Policy, Human Rights, International Law, International Organizations # No Comment
Earlier today, Professor James O’Donnell, Provost of Georgetown University, sent out this tribute to Chris Joyner.
We lost Chris Joyner this weekend. He passed away Saturday evening
after a brief and implacable illness, surrounded by family and by the
thoughts, prayers, and memories of many colleagues and friends. He
was 63, 22 years at Georgetown.
This is a tough one for many of us, for Chris was a force of nature in
his scholarship, in his work with students, and in his ever cheering
and vivid presence in the life of the campus — from classroom to
department to the athletic fields where he cheered for all Hoyas, but
perhaps for women’s lacrosse most of all. Many of us saw him last at
the new student convocation only 10 days ago and will have trouble
making sense of the loss.
His colleague and chair George Shambaugh speaks to me this morning of
his zest for life on many dimensions. He was a recognized and
distinguished scholar of international law and was in particular the
reigning expert on the intricacies and challenges of the status of
Antarctica — and not many can claim to have that pre-eminence for an
entire continent, especially a continent that gave room for his
admiration for, and neckties displaying, penguins. His expertise
ranged much further afield, however, including the legal consequences
of war in some of the most troubled regions of the world.
At Georgetown, his energy overflowed into his directing and
co-founding (with Tony Arend) the Institute for Law, Science and
Global Security, which they designed to introduce students to the
subject by bringing top scholars and practitioners to campus to
present their work to students and the broader community. This was
followed by creation of the MA in Government with a concentration in
International Law and Global Security. The MA provides a highly
select group of students with specialized training on topics of
international law. All its graduates have been successful, not least
the ones with whom he gladly co-authored articles, while throwing
himself as well into research projects led by other faculty: a
Chris had taught at George Washington University, the University of
Virginia, Dartmouth College and Muhlenberg College and had been a
senior research fellow with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
and the Institute for Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies at the
University of Tasmania, Australia. Among his books are
*International Law in the 21st Century: Rules for Global Governance*;
*Governing the Frozen Commons: The Antarctic Regime and Environmental
Protection*, *Antarctica and the Law of the Sea*, *Eagle Over the Ice:
The U.S. in the Antarctic*, and numerous others edited and consulted
on. He served as Vice President of the International Studies
Association, Vice-Chair of the American Council on the United Nations
and four times past Chair of the International Law Section of the
International Studies Association. He also served on the Executive
Council of the American Society of International Law, as Chair of the
International Law Association’s Committee on Antarctica, and as a
member of the ILA’s Committee on the Law of the Sea.
He will be remembered, and cannot be replaced.
Funeral arrangements are pending and there will be a campus memorial
service in the near future.