30 November 2011
Jon M. Van Dyke, 68
Jon M. Van Dyke, 68, an internationally respected human rights attorney and law professor, who sued the Marcoses in US courts on behalf of Filipino human rights abuse victims during martial law and through the end of Marcos' regime, died in his sleep while traveling in Australia. After obtaining one of the largest judgments ever in a class action law suit in US history for martial law victims, Van Dyke and his widow Sherry Broder, spent the following 20 years searching for hidden assets of the Marcos family to pay the victims and fighting the Philippine government which would make claims to the found monies whenever assets were found. Van Dyke was also a learned scholar on the law of the seas.