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John H. Jackson
Regent's Proceedings 263

John H. Jackson, the Hessel E. Yntema Professor of Law and professor of law, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 1997, after an especially distinguished career of teaching and research.

Professor Jackson received his A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1954 and his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1959. He practiced law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 1959-61 and was on the faculty of the School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley from 1961-65. He joined the University of Michigan Law School in 1966 as professor of law. He was named the Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law in 1982 and the Hessel E. Yntema Professor of Law in 1983.

From 1988-89, Professor Jackson also served as associate vice president for academic affairs. From 1973-74, while on leave from the University, he served as general counsel for the Office of the President's Special Representative for Trade, and in 1974, he was acting deputy special representative for trade. He has also held visiting professorships and fellowships at a number of other institutions, including the University of Delhi, the University of Brussels, and Georgetown University Law Center.

Professor Jackson is the preeminent American legal scholar on the subject of international trade, with a special focus on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). He has written nine books, including World Trade and the Law of GATT, Legal Problems of International Economic Relations, and The World Trading System: Law and Policy of International Economic Relations, as well as many articles. He has served on the editorial boards of eight journals, including the American Journal of International Law, and has served as a consultant to numerous governmental bodies. He has twice been co-chair of the ABA Committee on International Trade, and he was the s first chair of the Section on International Law of the Michigan Bar Association. Most important, he has inspired several generations of international trade scholars, many of who have gone on to significant careers in government and the academy.

The Regents now salute this accomplished scholar and educator by naming John H. Jackson the Hessel E. Yntema Professor Emeritus of Law and professor emeritus of law.