UH Manoa School of Law presents lecture by expert in martial law in Hawaii

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Feb 25, 2005

HONOLULU — The William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa presents "Army Courts, Internments and the Constitution: Martial Law in Hawaiʻi in World War II," on Monday, Feb. 28. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, features distinguished Professor Harry Scheiber of the University of California, Berkeley‘s Boalt Hall School of Law.

The lecture will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room of the William S. Richardson School of Law (2515 Dole Street), with a reception to follow.

"Professor Harry N. Scheiber is one of the foremost legal historians in the United States and is one of the leading experts on the World War II Martial Law period in Hawaiʻi," remarked Professor Jon Van Dyke of the William S. Richardson School of Law.

Scheiber‘s research has frequently brought him to the islands, and it has been published in preliminary form in the University of Hawaiʻi Law Review (Vol. 19, No. 2) in the Fall of 1997 as "Bayonets in Paradise: A Half-Century Retrospect on Martial Law in Hawaiʻi, 1941-1946." This material is now being expanded upon for publication in book form as "Bayonets in Paradise: Martial Law in Hawaiʻi During World War II."

Scheiber has also authored a book on civil liberties during World War I entitled "The Wilson Administration and Civil Liberties, 1917-1921." He has also researched the more focused question of how property rights have been treated during wartime, against claims of "military necessity," and recently has been addressing the treatment of detainees during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

As a prominent legal history scholar, Scheiber has held Guggenheim, Rockefeller, American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Social Science Research Council Fellowships. He also was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. Currently, Scheiber is the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law at Boalt Hall, and serves as director of both the Earl Warren Legal Institute, and Sho Sato Program in Japanese and U.S. Law. He earned his A.B. from Columbia University in 1955, M.A. from Cornell University in 1957, and Ph.D. from Cornell in 1961.

For more information about the lecture, contact Jamee Kunichika at (808) 956-5516 or jameek@hawaii.edu.