The International Law Institute wishes to celebrate the life of one of its long-time leaders and honor his contribution to the Institute, the rule of law and the legacy of his father, who founded the Institute.
It is with great sadness that the International Law Institute reports the passing of Werner J. Kronstein. Werner was a long-time member of the ILI’s Board of Directors, in recent years having served as its vice chairman. He was the son of Professor Heinrich Kronstein, the founder of the International Law Institute. Werner spent the bulk of his legal career as a partner in the international law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he focused his practice on the representation of international corporations in matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission. Notwithstanding his busy practice, Werner always found time for the ILI. In recent years especially he devoted much time and effort to honoring and promoting the legacy of his father, Heinrich Kronstein.
Werner received his A.B. from Georgetown University in 1953 and his LL.B. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1956.
After World War II Werner’s father, Professor Heinrich Kronstein, devoted himself to developing closer ties between the European and American legal systems and was highly instrumental in bringing concepts of American antitrust law and other principles of American law to post-war Germany. In recent years Werner spent extensive amounts of time in researching, collecting and cataloguing the important writings of his father on antitrust law and other topics and in honoring his father’s significant historical legacy. This included Werner’s helping to organize a 2010 reunion in Frankfurt of the so-called Kronstein Kreis of lawyers who had worked and/or studied under Heinrich Kronstein; a 2014 symposium at Heidelberg University largely devoted to Heinrich’s legacy in bringing concepts of antitrust law to Germany after World War II; and a symposium at Heidelberg in June 2016 which addressed the topic of Antitrust Law in Information Technology Markets. Werner also helped to honor his father’s legacy at ILI’s 60th Anniversary dinner held in December 2015 at the German Embassy in Washington, DC.
Werner Kronstein is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years Ilse Marie, and his son Phillip.