John Howard Jackson

Friday, December 11, 2015
Ann Arbor, Mich.— John Howard Jackson, age 83 (April 6,1932 – Nov. 7,2015), died peacefully at the Glacier Hills Senior Living Community in Ann Arbor Mich. He was born in Kansas City Mo. to Howard and Lucile (Deischer) Jackson. He graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia Mo. in 1950, received his A.B. degree from Princeton University in 1954; served two years in the US Army stationed in Japan, and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1959. After two years of law practice in Milwaukee and a stint as a professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, he returned to Michigan in 1964 to teach.

In 1983 he was named the Hessel E. Yntema Professor of Law, where he remained a member of the Michigan law faculty with emeritus status. During his 35 year career at the University of Michigan School of Law and subsequent 18 years at Georgetown University Law Center, he trained hundreds of students. He maintained lifelong relationships with them and through his connections fostered the development of a global community of legal experts dedicated to understanding and influencing the regulation of international economic relations through international trade. He was the founding director of the Institute of International Economic Law and known especially for his work on the Trade Act of 1974 and for creating the intellectual framework of the World Trade Organization dispute settlement procedures. His book World Trade and the Law of GATT is considered the bible for trade law and policy specialists Not only was he a gifted scholar and academic mentor, he especially enjoyed stimulating dinner table discussions with family and friends and the challenge of exploring unfamiliar subject areas.

He is survived by his wife Joan Leland of 53 years, his three daughters Jeannette, Ann Arbor Mich.; Lee Ann (John Breckenridge), Geneva, Switzerland; Michelle (Francis Ledesma),NYC; four grandchildren, Madeleine, John, Sam and Christopher; brother , James (Jill) ,Louisville, Ky.; and sister, Ann (Christopher Wadsworth), Canaan, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in John’s name to a fund for student scholarships in international law at Georgetown University Law Center. Contributions to the John H. Jackson Scholarship Fund can be made by visiting www.law.georgetown.edu/makeagift or send a check addressed to Georgetown University Law Center with John H. Jackson Scholarship on the memo line.