May 11, 2009

Campus Community Mourns the Death of Henry T. King Jr.


Henry T. King Jr., a member of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law faculty for more than 30 years, died May 9. King made significant contributions to the school's international law program. His illustrious career included serving as a Nuremberg war crimes prosecutor, and director of international development during the Eisenhower administration.

A letter was sent to School of Law faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends about King's professional and academic legacy. Read the complete letter below.

Dear Members of the School of Law Community:

It is with great sorrow that I report Henry T. King Jr., Case Western Reserve University School of Law Professor and Chair of the Canada-United States Law Institute, died May 9, 2009, at the age of 89. Professor King's illustrious career included serving as a Nuremberg war crimes prosecutor, as director of international development during the Eisenhower administration, and working as a chief corporate international counsel for more than twenty years with TRW Inc. Professor King was of counsel at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP as well as the honorary Consul General of Canada to Northeast Ohio.

He has been a valued member of our faculty for the past thirty years and made significant contributions to the growth of our international law program. He taught international business and international arbitration, both favorites of our students that consistently had long wait lists.

Through the conferences he organized in the late 1980's as Chair of our Canada-United States Law Institute, he played an integral role in facilitating the drafting and negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. In 1998, King and two other surviving former Nuremberg prosecutors participated in the Rome diplomatic conference to create a permanent international criminal court and convinced the delegates to include the crime of aggression in the court statute.

A former chairman of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law and Practice, he served on the ABA's special task force on war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and as the U.S. chairman of a joint working group, organized by the American, Canadian, and Mexican bar associations, on the settlement of international disputes.

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Special Investigations and University President Barbara Snyder, among others, paid tribute to Professor King's work as a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials and his later role in the creation of the International Criminal Court at a recent event honoring his 65 years of public service.

We will share information about the service as soon as details are available; along with information as to where cards and letters can be sent. The School of Law will arrange and announce at a later date, a special service to honor Professor King's significant contributions to the School and the field of international law.


Robert H. Rawson Jr.

Interim Dean

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, May 11, 2009 08:52 AM | News Topics: Faculty, School of Law, Staff, Students, news

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