On the evening of Saturday, September 10, Georgetown Professor Christopher C. Joyner passed away at the age of 63 in a hospital in the Virginia Hospital Center. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Joyner, who was a professor in Georgetown’s government department for 22 years, was also an accomplished and recognized scholar in the field of international law. He oversaw the University’s Master’s degree in International Law and Politics, and was co-founder and co-director of Georgetown’s Institute for Law, Science, and Global Security with colleague Professor Anthony Arend.
“Chris was … a dear friend and mentor to me and so many, and a true son of Georgetown,” Arend wrote in a blog post on Sunday. He also noted that Joyner’s passing was “peaceful,” and came as the result of a “short illness.”
Joyner’s research and expertise expanded throughout a breadth of topics within the fields of government and international relations. He was one of the preeminent experts on the legal issues surrounding Antarctica and the seas, and served as a senior research fellow for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the Institute for Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies at Australia’s University of Tasmania.
According to The Hoya, Joyner had been teaching an undergraduate course in International Law for the Fall 2011 semester, but officially stepped down from his teaching position last week.
Yesterday, Provost James O’Donnell sent out an email to the Georgetown professors about Joyner’s passing, which Arend published on his blog.
“Chris was a force of nature in his scholarship, in his work with students, and in his ever cheering and vivid presence in the life of the campus,” O’Donnell wrote. “He will be remembered, and cannot be replaced.”
O’Donnell also mentioned in his email that funeral services are pending, and that there will be a memorial service held on campus.
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