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A Jurisprudence of Pragmatic Altruism: Jon Van Dyke’s Legacy to Legal Scholarship

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Prominent among the topical areas in which Jon Van Dyke wrote was the jurisprudence of international law, and especially subjects within the broad spectrum of topics under heading of "Law of the Sea". His most widely cited writing is a large set of important works relating to topics in state, national and international environmental law. This chapter provided a painstakingly detailed account of the massive American air-bombing campaign against the North during the Vietnam War and the failure of the bombing strategy to crush the resistance of the people and government that were its target. But his legacy to legal scholarship was to raise challenges. It was this generation's greatest challenge "to make that ethic of pragmatic altruism meaningful so that the common resources will remain available to us and to those who follow.

Keywords: Jon Van Dyke; jurisprudence of international law; law of the sea; legal scholarship; pragmatic altruism; Vietnam war



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