The William S. Richardson School of Law Library cordially invites you to attend the third installment in our Law Library Book Talk Series with Professor Jeffrey (Kapali) Lyon, author of The Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi of Davida Malo on 10/25, 11:45 am-1 pm at the Law Library.
Professor Lyon applies the methodologies of classical philology to an early and important Hawaiian text: Davida Malo’s ethnographic work on classical Hawaiian civilization. It provides the single most important witness to Hawaiian civilization before Christianity. Davida (or David) Malo (1793-1853) was a leading Native Hawaiian historian of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Malo grew up during the period when Kamehameha I united the islands into a single kingdom. Professor Lyon’s book brings to life the fascinating Hawaiian histories and inner relationships of Malo’s time.
Details: When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 11:45 a.m. -1 p.m. Where: University of Hawaii School of Law Library Lobby Speaker: Professor Jeffrey (Kapali) Lyon, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Religion, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Light refreshments will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. YourRSVPwould be greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you.
Philippine human rights advocates have emphasized,“Never Again to Martial Law!” But, current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law on the island of Mindanao defies those who experienced the horrors of the Marcos era.
The international public opinion of Duterte has been mixed–some applaud his “strongman” tactics to clean up corruption in the country. Meanwhile others accuse him of being authoritarian–especially on the absent fair trial and executions of urban poor accused of being drug peddlers. The re-militarization of Mindanao does not bode well in the long history of conflict between the Philippine North, the U.S., and Mindanao. Why has Martial Law come to repeat itself in the Philippines? But most importantly, is it possible to resist this pattern of violence?
The William S. Richardson School of Law Library acquired the papers of the late Professor Jon Van Dyke, an internationally renowned scholar who was known for using his legal expertise to advocate for the marginalized. Jon and his spouse, Sherry Broder, served as legal counsel on the Estate of Ferdinand Marcos Human Rights Litigation Case.
The Marcos Human Rights Litigation took decades as individuals who were victims of human rights abuses under the Marcos regime, or relatives of victims, came forward seeking compensatory damages. Cases unfolded to track Marcos Estate funds being kept in international accounts. There were counter appeals to rebuke or re-direct those claims. Finally, Marcos investments in Texas properties were tapped. Some victims were compensated with those funds, although other victims were already deceased. Nevertheless, this case aimed to serve as a precedent for reparations for victims of human rights abuses under dictatorial regimes around the world.
Through the support of the Hawaiʻi Council of Humanities, the Ferdinand Marcos Human Rights Litigation collection will be made accessible as a series within the Jon Van Dyke papers. These papers are important today because the issue of Martial Law has not been rectified in the Philippines. Perhaps by understanding how Jon Van Dyke studied the issues of human rights, the will and acuity in others will awaken to address similar issues today.
Here are some items that provide a glimpse of the workings of the Marcos regime since the declaration of Martial Law on September 21, 1972.
This General Order No. 1 (image above) explains that Martial Law was declared because of “wanton destruction of lives and property, widespread lawlessness and anarchy, chaos and disorder now prevailing throughout the country.”
But why was there chaos and disorder? The book Development Debacle explained that the Marcos administration worked with the World Bank to implement national development projects that prioritized technocratic implementation, leaving many of the poor and working populations out of the process, and thus, from the economic benefits.1 The displacement, poverty, and hunger from this development debacle led to mass civil protests, which Marcos responded to in the form of state repression.
Many Filipino citizens continued to resist the abuses even after his regime was over. Although Marcos may not have been present with the police or military personnel who executed the abductions, tortures, and killings of dissidents, his position as Commander of the Security forces, as documented in this General Order No. 1, incriminated him as playing a central role in these human rights abuses.
The following picture (fig. 2) is of the Main Detention Centers operating during Ferdinand Marcos Administration.
Camp Crane, Quezon City was where the Command for Detainees (COMCAD) was located. RECAD stands for the various Regional Command for Detainees (RECAD) that coordinate groups of detention centers throughout different parts of the archipelago.
The next picture (fig. 3) is of the Statistical Summary of Human Rights Abuses and Public Order Violation Arrests in the Philippines from September 1972 to February 1986.
This quantifies the numbers of people tortured, executed, disappeared, or arrested between 1972-1986. These high numbers represent the amount of people who experienced pain, torture and trauma in the detention centers. Trying to imagine the human experiences within this table can explain why those Philippine human rights advocates said, “Never Again to Martial Law!”
Please stay tuned for announcements on the public launching of the Jon Van Dyke papers which will take place in early 2018 at the William S. Richardson School of Law Library. There will be presentations on Jon Van Dyke’s papers, including more information on his role in this historic case “Estate of Ferdinand Marcos Human Rights Litigation.” At that time the collection will be made available for further research.
1Bello, Walden, David Kinley and others. Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines. San Francisco: Institute for Food and Development Policy, 1982.
Our new Lexis representative (welcome, Camden DeLong) will be visiting the law school April 3-6. While here, he will be conducting very useful and informative trainings. Students are encouraged to attend these programs as we rarely have visits from our Lexis rep. Please note the session on Apr 5 at 5:15 PM about Practice Pages: this session is perfect for SYS or Moot Court students.
The Library Faculty and Staff will be conducting surveys of our services the week of March 19th! What is involved? Ten minutes of your time in exchange for a cup of joe or tea. Here is the schedule. Please come by and take our survey, even if you don’t want coffee or tea!
Friday, April 7, 2017 marks the opening of the William S. Richardson School of Law Library’s 2nd Art Show. This year’s exhibition is titled “Boundaries,” and will feature artistic interpretations on the theme in a variety of media.
The library’s first event was held in 2015, and focused on themes of social justice. As with the last show, this event will feature submissions from faculty, staff, and students, in addition to alumni and the extended law school ʻohana. “Boundaries” is a product of the collaborative efforts of the law library’s art committee, led by committee chair and reference librarian Roberta Woods, and builds upon the excellent rotating selection of works already installed in the library by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts: Art in Public Places lending collection. The art committee hopes that the added works submitted by law school ʻohana will serve as a platform to discuss contemporary issues in law and justice through the lens of artistic expression.
A special reception will be held in the lobby of the library from 5pm to 8:30pm to commemorate the opening, and will feature refreshments for attendees, a program of artists’ biographies, and a performance by the Pacific Tongues, a nonprofit organization and community of spoken word artists. Following the opening reception, the “Boundaries” exhibit will remain on display to the public during regular library hours through May 14th.
Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move
by Reece Jones, Associate Professor, Graduate Chair,
Department of Geography University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
—Boston Globe Recommended Book for Fall 2016—
When: Monday, March 13, 2017, 11:45am-1pm Where: William S. Richardson School of Law Library Lobby
* Light refreshments will be served on a first come, first served basis. Your RSVP by March 9th will be greatly appreciated.
The focus of this book is on how borders are formed and policed to understand the world’s current migration crises and a deep analysis of the changing role and impact of the border, as well as how border regimes sustain global injustice. Forty thousand people died trying to cross international borders in the past decade. According to the author these deaths are not exceptional, but rather the result of state attempts to contain populations and control access to resources and opportunities. While globalization is prevailing, limiting the free movement of people is reality. With the growth of borders and resource enclosures, the deaths of migrants in search of a better life are intimately connected to climate change, environmental degradation, and the growth of global wealth inequality.
From Macedonia to “PizzaGate,” the impact of information disseminated through the internet can have very real consequences, whether said information is “real” or not. This February, reference librarians at the Richardson School of Law Library are hosting a series of talks to discuss the phenomenon of fake news. Each talk will focus on a specific topic pulled from today’s political headlines, as well as provide insight into how government documents and legal publications can be useful in making sense of current events. Held February 13, 21, and 27, from 12 to 12:30 pm in the lobby of the Law Library, all current UH affiliates are invited to join in the discussion. Light refreshments will be served.
Feb. 13, 12-12:30pm, Informal Presidential Powers: The Force Awakens (presented by Vicki Szymczak)
Feb. 21, 12-12:30pm, Regulatory Withdrawals and Watching Federal Agencies (presented by Roberta Woods)
Feb. 27, 12-12:30pm, Tracking Legislation in U.S. Congress: How to keep our eyes on Congress (presented by Brian Huffman)