Professor Paul H. Brietzke, formerly of Jackson Township, died on January 2,
2013, at home with his family, following a brief illness.
He is survived by his wife, Susan J. Adams, Ogden Dunes, Ind.; his son, Dr.
Colin A. Brietzke, Oak Park, Ill.; and nieces Janice, Caroline, and Karen.
Born in Chicago, Ill., in 1944, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Lake Forest
College, received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph. D
from the University of London. For 43 years, he was a law professor and
scholar of the law.
During his career, he taught law at the University of Malawi, Haile Selassie
University (Ethiopia), Brunel University (UK), and for the last 34 years, at
Valparaiso University School of Law. He was Fulbright Professor of Law at
universities in Vietnam and Malaysia. In addition, he served as an overseas
legal education and legal reform consultant in a number of countries
including Indonesia, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and China.
Professor Brietzke was an avid reader and scholar who authored more than 60
books, articles, and chapters on a wide variety of topics including
international legal education and economic/legal reform, the role of
witchcraft in Malawi’s traditional courts, and climate change in the
His non-academic passions included photography, and his travels gave him
many opportunities to indulge this interest. For the past 20 years he has
been an active member of the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club.
No public funeral service is planned, but a memorial at the law school will
be scheduled, and a memorial celebration of his life is being planned for
late spring in Ogden Dunes.
If anyone wishes to make a contribution in his honor, his charitable
interests included Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Oxfam