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Hessel E. Yntema

Hessel E. Yntema taught at the University of Michigan Law School, 1934-1961.

Date of Birth: 1891
Date of Death: 1966


With the death of Hessel E. Yntema, research professor emeritus of comparative law, on February 21, 1966, the University of Michigan Law School lost one of its most distinguished professors emeriti, who in 35 years of service had contributed notably to the work of the University, and to legal scholarship and law teaching. . .

Comparative Law, Conflict of Laws, Theories of Public Law, and International Law were the subjects he taught most frequently, while Roman Law, Bills and Notes, and Trade Regulation were among other courses he had given. . . .

In his later years, his chief efforts were devoted to the American Journal of Comparative Law, which he founded in late 1951, and guided in his capacity as its Editor-in-Chief from the beginning until the time of his death. . . .

The University of Stockholm awarded him its honorary degree of Juris Doctor in 1957, and in later academic processions he wore the picturesque garb indicating that honor. In 1962 Luxembourg decorated him as a Commander of the Grand Ducal Order of the Oak Leaf. In 1964 the Greek Government made him an Officer of the Order of George I of Greece. . . .

We heartily endorse the statement of Acting Dean Charles Joiner, that: "His distinction has circled the globe. His passing is a loss that will be felt in many countries with the keeness that is felt in Ann Arbor. His colleagues will miss him."

--  From the University of Michigan Law School's Law Quadrangle Notes, V. 10, Iss. 03 (Spring 1966).


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