I deeply regret that I could not be there in person to honor-and cherish-Michael Reisman. I am aware every day that I apply the lessons I learned from him in the proper treatment of legal issues-and even more important the kindness and attention he shows to all his fellow humans.
Gary Horlick JD '73
Michael, you are an internationally recognized giant in international law, who has already formed a lasting footprint on the development and practice of international law. As a scholar, you have made enormously significant contributions in many areas of international law with your penetrating analyses, constant scholarly integrity, sensitivity to important perspectives on international law, and superb writing talent. At the same time, you have a sparkling record as an international public servant in human rights and as a prized arbitrator. You led the American Journal of International Law with great distinction and fostered a scholarly level of publication admired by all who read the Journal.
I have the highest respect, Michael, for you and for your work. It has always been a great pleasure to work with you on the AJIL and at the ASIL. Chuck joins me in sending our warmest congratulations to you and our deep appreciation for your outstanding contributions to international law.
Professor Edith Brown Weiss
Georgetown University Law Center
I am very sorry that I will not be able to attend the conference honoring your work on April 24, 2009.
I warmly congratulate you on your birthday. You are indisputably one of the most brilliant minds in international law today.
I never had the chance to be your student. However, I learned from you so many interesting things whenever I had the opportunity to talk to you or to read in your wonderful books and articles. I hope to read and hear much more from you in future.
With best regards,
Professor Daniel Thürer
Director of the Institute of Public International Law and Comparitive Constitutional Law University of Zurich, Switzerland
I am terribly sorry that I will be unable to make it to New Haven on April 24, 2009, for what will no doubt be one of the most important events on the international law calendar this year.
I was in the LL.M. Class of 1987, and J.S.D. class of 1990. In all my years at Yale, and long since then, I have had the distinct and privileged opportunity of your guidance, mentorship, and most importantly, your friendship. I can proudly and honestly attribute the bulk of my academic and professional accomplishments to the immense role you have played in my life, and for this I wish to thank you most fervently.
The world, and certainly the international law community, has been greatly enriched by your unrivalled scholarship, prolific publications, considerable teaching skills and extraordinary contributions.
Please accept, on my own behalf, and on behalf of my wife and children, our very best wishes and warmest congratulations, and we wish you even more success in the years ahead. God bless you.
General Counsel, WIPO, Geneva
LL.M. 1987, J.S.D. 1990
For the Conference Honoring Professor Michael Reisman:
I regret that I am unable to attend the conference honoring Michael and his work. However, I would like to express my great admiration for Michael's enormous contributions to international law, my gratitude for all that I have learned from him, and, in particular, my appreciation for his friendship over these many years. I wish him all the best in the many productive years that I am sure are still to come.
With warmest regards to Michael,
Foley & Lardner-Bascom Emeritus Professor University of Wisconsin Law School
Aristophanes, in 405 BC, wrote in "The Frogs": “For boys a teacher at school is found, but we, the poets, are teachers of men/ We are hound things honest and pure to speak". But other teaching skills were required for young legal minds of a newly globalized world. We got from you certainly not a teaching of certitude but an invaluable river of tools and skills which made of us “legal entrepreneurs.” In short, a legacy-to-come that, I hope, will be suitable to express our gratitude.
Julien Cantegreil, College de France
It is painful for me to be unable to attend the April 24th Conference on "Realistic Idealism in International Law" organized to honor my very dear friend W. Michael Reisman, as well as the dinner given by Michael and Mahnoush at our beloved Union League Cafe. At that time I'l be still in Europe accomplisihing a very intensive program.
Let me to ask you to give to Michael, besides my congratulatiosn for this due and timely paid homage to him, the expression of my joy for being a disciple of a world renowned master on International Law according to the leading international scholars. Very few jurists has reached the capacity he has to analize legal problems keeping an illuminating equilibrium between law--in the-books and practice, between norms and facts and between power and democracy.
With the best wishes of
Prof. Jorge Tapia-Valdés, LL.M.,Phd.
I profoundly regret my inability to take part in the celebration of Michael Reisman's attainments. He is unsurpassed today as a scholar and teacher of public international law.
The unending stream of his publications is extraordinary; their quality matches their quantity. In addition to his inspired teaching and remarkable scholarship, Michael acts as an international arbitrator and counselor and is prized in both capacities. I salute Michael's attainments and wish him many more years in which to amplify and burnish them.
Stephen M. Schwebel
Dear Professor Reisman:
I was a LL.M. student in the class of 1994 and was also a visiting scholar from 1994 to 1996. During that period, I studied international business law, in particular international commercial arbitration, under your kind guidance. I have been always grateful to you for what you taught me at Yale Law School!
Respectfully yours, Minoru Tokumoto Professor of Law
University of Tsukuba School of Law
To me you have been my real great friend:-the friend indeed. You have remarkably guided, through your contributions, to the world community, in various areas of human dealings, to name a few, such as on human rights; trade, investment and dispute settlement, operation of the United Nations, etc.
I can fill many pages quoting the contents of your articles which really touched my mind. But space will not permit. I will quote just one short sentence from one of your articles, which is applicable to Nepal: "Power without law is, of course, tyranny." Maoist Government in Nepal has power of gun, but there is no law in Nepal. You may be American, but you belong to the whole world. And our world needs your guidance.
May God Bless you with very long, healthy and rewarding life. HAPPY BITRHDAY
It is a great previlege and opportunity for me and my daughter, Jarine, to attend the Conference honoring your work.
Director of Avenues Television, Nepal
Dear Michael --
I still recall our exchange at the University of Houston several years before 9/11 when you confidently announced that Americans had a greater risk of dying from bee stings than in a terrorist attack. :-)
That disagreement aside, I would struggle (quite possibly in vain) to identify a living American international lawyer who has had a greater positive impact upon education and the rule of law than yourself. It is fitting that your achievements are being recognized while you still are among the living, and it is a source of deep regret that prior commitments here in Charlottesville keep me from being there to join in the celebration of your remarkable life.
I have an inscribed photograph of Mac framed on the wall to the left of my desk, along with a photos of a small number of other personal "heroes." (I will always remember a debate I had with former Senator Jacob Javits in December 1984 under the auspices of the American Branch of the International Law Association. I had worked with Javits for many years when he and my boss -- Sen. Bob Griffin -- were colleagues on the Foreign Relations Committee a decade earlier. I was extremely deferential to the great man, despite our obvious disagreements on war powers issues, but when the debate ended and it came time for questions, Mac stood up and, without quarter, took Javits' position apart for about
3 or 4 minutes. It was an awesome performance.
As friends and colleagues from around the world gather in New Haven to salute your grand accomplishments, I can't help but imagine that Mac will be looking down from heaven with a big smile on his face -- and perhaps a little frustration that he can't once again take the microphone and make yet another contribution to the living world. I know he would be proud.
The world is a better place for your presence, Michael, and I consider myself most fortunate to have had the opportunity to call you a friend for these many years.
Congratulations, and warmest best wishes in the years ahead.
University of Virginia School of Law
Congratulations! This is long overdue and thoroughly well-deserved. I wish I could be there. Here¹s wishing you many more years of great scholarship and nurturing of promising scholars.
Kevin YL Tan
LLM '88 JSD '96
Dear Prof. Reisman,
I apologize for not being able to participate in the conference celebrating your career. As a former student of yours - LL.M. 93, some time ago! - I wish to use this opportunity to thank you for your classes and to send you all my best wishes.
Anna Veneziano professor of Comparative Law Law Faculty - University of Teramo - Italy
Dear Professor Reisman:
I would like to send you my congratulations for the deserved tribute that the Yale Law School is offering you next April. You have been a great legal scholar and teacher for many students for many years, and for that I am very proud and grateful.
With my best regards,
Hernando Valencia-Villa, LLM 1981, JSD 1986
Professor of Human Rights and World Politics
Syracuse University in Madrid
Dear Yale Associates and friends,
I am happy to learn that the Yale Law School will be celebrating the work of Professor Michael Reisman on April 24, 2009 with a day long seminars on topics he had most interest and on whose development and practice he weilded unparalled influence. Both as a scholar and a teacher Professor Reisman is held in great esteem and affection by all his peers, contemporaries and his students.
His personal interest in the welfare and professional growth of each of his collegaues is equally noteworhy and in this he emulated his own mentor and ours, Myres S. McDougal.
It is very appropriate that Professor Reisman holds the chair of Myres S.
McDougal. It is very difficult to envisage any othe person who who will ever be able to take that chair with equal distinction, for Professor Reisman was not only one of the last but most celebrated of his associates. His energy and enthusiasam for the subjects he treated in different capacities as a practitioner and publisher are only matched by his pwerful policy projections, comprehensive analysis of trends and sharp recommendations.
He always took a high and moral ground when it came to promotion and defence of human rights. He justified use of force and humanitarian intervention even when it it was not popular in defence of what he believed to be in the best interest of freedom and human dignity. His scholarship is remarakable for its focus on power as a value that shapes and influences the distributiion of all other values.
It is my fortune to have been one of his contemporaries, to have received his personal affection and encouragement and to have benefited from his extraordinary range of contributions to the field of international law.
My family joins me in wishing Porfessor Michael Reisman( 'Mike' to most of us!) many more more years active professional life and a happy and healthy personal life!
P.S.Rao, '68 LL.M, '70 J.S.D.
Member, Institut de Droit Interantional
Former Chirman and Member of the International Law Commission Former Additional Secretary and the Legal Adviser, MEA, Government of India Judge Ad Hoc, International Court of Justice (Malaysia/Singapore case)
/DEAR PROF. REISMAN,/
/I REALIZE HOW FORTUNATE I AM TO HAVE YOU AS MY J.S.D SUPERVISOR.
NO ANY WORD COULD EXPRESS MY SINCERE GRATITUDE TO YOU FOR BEING MY PROFESSOR AND MENTOR SECOND TO NONE. YOUR INTELLECTUAL AND SPIRITUAL WISDOM HAS LONG BEEN INSPIRING MY ACADEMIC ADVENTURE AT YLS AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO THROUGHOUT ALL MY PROFESSIONAL CAREER. /
/I HOPE ALL THE VERY BEST WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOREVER./
/SINCERELY, JINGXIA SHI/
Affiliation: Professor of Law, China University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and J.S.D. Candidate, Yale Law School
Dear Prof. Reisman:
I had the privilege of attending your classes in 1983-84, when I was an LL.M.
student at Yale. I distinctly remember walking down the hall near your
office, wondering at the line of students always waiting at your door for their turn. Having recently arrived from a part of the Midwest where New Yorkers were an exotic breed, I was struck by the fact that near every landmass on earth seemed to be represented in that line, and wondered what drew them there.
Gradually, I understood that your willingness to provide these emerging leaders, one on one and as long as it took, with a clear-eyed, pragmatic framework within which they could begin to understand a very messy and fractured political and legal world was an essential first step in permitting them to move proactively for change.
Today my own Midwestern students have personal relationships with people around the world, and think of themselves as global citizens, quite unable to imagine that earlier time when political borders seemed insurmountable to the average
lawyer. Today, they imagine a peaceful and cooperative world as the norm, and
conflict among nations and peoples as the aberration. For your part in helping to change that imagination through your training of leaders from many nations, and in broadening my own imagination about the questions that need to be faced in this much larger geography, I am very grateful, and so pleased that Yale is honoring your work.
Marie A. Failinger
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Hamline University School of Law
Sitting in Professor Reisman's inspirational classes in 1980 I came to believe, in spite of my pre-existing skepticism, that "world order" and "public international law" not only could exist but in fact existed, however imperfectly, in the relations among sovereign nations. Everything I learned in that classroom has remained alive with me over the years as an interested observer of world affairs and advocate for the supremacy of the democratic rule of law in all countries, including my native Cuba. Thanks to Prof. Reisman, a great teacher, when I consider whether Israel may, should, or will attack Iran's nuclear facilities, or whether President Obama can legally continue to conduct bombing attacks on Pakistani territory, I am able to analyze whether "reactive self-defense", "anticipatory self-defense", or "preemptive self-defense" would be involved; if such behavior might be consistent with Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations; and why any of us should care about the application of public international law to the behavior of nations.
Many thanks, Prof. Reisman, for sharing your vast learning and focused wisdom with your students. Live long and prosper.
Angel Castillo, Jr.
This is "One of our Educated Europeans" sending you a congratulatory message.
You may not remember or know the source of the phrase "One of Our Educated Europeans." It emerged in an International Law course taught by you and our dear friend, the late Professor Myres MacDougal. He had asked a question and wanted the views from non-Americans. He then said, "may we have contributions from "one of our educated Europeans." He looked at his list and then called, "Mr. Frimpong!" There was so much laughter in the class, as the educated European turned out to be an African. In his usual characteristic humor, he remarked, "I suppose our African friends are equally educated."
This was in 1973. Thirty five (35) years have passed since then, and we are still very close friends. It was because of people like you, Professor Myres MacDougal, Professor Quintin Johnstone, etc. that some of us have made it this far.
We thank you for your great scholarly contribution to the development of International Law worldwide. We in Africa are very proud of your contribution to the emergence of top class Yale Law School scholars in many parts of the continent, including my own country Ghana.
Michael, may the Good Lord richly bless you with many more years and continuous advancement of knowledge for the benefit of mankind.
Your friend and former student,
LL.M. '74; J.S.D. '77.
Professor of Law and Dean, Graduate School of Governance, Leadership and Public Management, (GIMPA), Ghana.
Professor Michael Reisman was my international law professor in the class of 1973, when he gave classes in association with the late Professor Myres McDougal. I have followed at distantce his carrer and have read his articles in many international law subjects and regret not been able to have more close contact with him.
I am endoubted to him and to the late Professor McDougal for their valuable teachings and approach that I could not get appart in my own career as international law professor, lawyer and arbitrator.
As I cannot participate of the conference in his honor, I would like to register my cumpliments to this great professor and jurist,
José Carlos de Magalhães, LLM (Yale Law School, class 1973) Associate Professor of the Law School of the University of São Paulo Brazil.
Dear Professor Reisman,
I am so pleased that you are being celebrated by YLS. Back when I was there as an LL.M. student, in 1977-78, your World Public Order seminar was a seminal part of my legal education. It contributed to my first-ever law review publication (on civil wars -- published right at Yale!), helped me get my first law teaching job, and of course is therefore a cornerstone of my current career. I think of you often, and fondly.
Very truly yours,
Professor of Law
George Mason University School of Law
The conference in your honor sounds fabulous. I plan to come to the breakfast and Jurisprudence session in the morning. I unfortunately must scurry back to NYC to conduct a rehearsal of the Mannes Jazz Orchestra that afternoon.
For someone who engaged you over 30 years ago and traded law for music 15 years ago, you left an indelible impression. Everyone there will know your many accomplishments, and probably your remarkable curiosity, breadth, and sensitivity too. But your close personal relationship with each of them, and privately with so many others as wide-ranging as me, is what makes you so extraordinary. I am privileged to be in your circle.
I look forward to greeting you and participating in this wonderful celebration.
Wayne Alpern '76
The Mannes Institute
Michael: Many thanks for all your help along the way.
Rusty Park, Boston University
As my LL.M. advisor and J.S.D. supervisor, Professor Michael Reisman, has been a great impact on me. Professor Reisman has been a profound and positive influence on my attitude toward international law, scholarly work, and professorship. He continues to broaden my understanding of the dynamic concept of international law as a process of authoritative decisions. Not only does his approach change the way I conceive of international law, it also enables me to analyze the sorts of professional solutions proposed by other international lawyers. As an affable yet academically tough supervisor, he engenders in me a strong intention to be a committed mentor to my own future students, likewise giving them the chance to pursue their own intellectual and professional goals. He is my role model!
Nartnirun Junngam, LL.M.'06
Yale Law School
I have been an enthusiastic fan of yours since our days together in New Haven in the 1960s. Your scholarship and leadership have been a great inspiration for so very many in our profession. I am particularly grateful for the inspiration you have given my friend Jamie Baker, a wonderful man.
University of Iowa
Dear Prof. Reisman,
Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the upcoming conference in your honor. I was hoping that this would coincide with a trip of mine in April to the U.S., however, all dates have recently been moved and it appears unlikely that I will be able to make it. Nevertheless, I wanted to send you this note to congratulate you for this well deserved recognition. I have fond memories of the years in which we worked together with you and Michael Eisner in the initiation of SELA, your classes on International Public Law at YLS and our subsequent conversations regarding fisheries and international waters. Again, my most sincere congratulations!
If you plan to visit Chile any time soon, please do let me know. It would be great to see you again.
With best regards, Cristián Shea