Chinese Law Prof Blog

Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

William C. Jones

Jones_2 I am deeply saddened to announce the passing away last Friday of William Jones, Charles Nagel Professor Emeritus of International and Comparative Law at Washington University Law School in St. Louis. Bill was truly a wonderful human being -- highly respected by his colleagues for his work and warmly beloved for his character. When I first came across Bill's work, I was struck in particular by his writing style: plain and direct, without a touch of jargon. When he found Chinese law confusing -- and it often is -- he said so directly, instead of hiding behind a thicket of impenetrable language and hoping that the reader would blame himself.

I hope in about a week or so to post here a collection of tributes from his colleagues. Until then, here is something written in 1996 by Prof. William Alford of Harvard Law School that will serve very well: Download alford_tribute.pdf. Here also is something I contributed to the same symposium in Bill's honor: Download clarke_tribute.pdf

This post is open to comments if anyone would like to add remarks of their own.

Ave atque vale.

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