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Our History: Former Faculty: Willrich, Mason (1965-1979)

Tenured faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law through its history.

Mason Willrich, 1965-1979

Mason Willrich

Mason Willrich graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 1954 where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received a LL.B. from Berkeley in 1960. There, he served as Revising Editor of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He then joined the firm of Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro in San Francisco specializing in corporate law and corporate finance. Prior to joining the faculty at UVA, he was assistant general counsel for the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. In 1965, Willrich came to UVA Law to teach such courses as International Organization, Business Planning, Antitrust Law, and Atomic Energy Law. An expert on energy law, in 1975 he published the book Energy and World Politics, and has since authored or co-authored eight additional books on energy and security issues. In the late 1970s, he took leave from UVA to work for the Rockefeller Foundation as Director of their Division of International Affairs and Director of the Program on Conflicts in International Relations. Willrich served as director of the Center for the Study of Science, Technology and Public Policy; chairman of the International Energy Policy Study Group of the American Society of International Law; and a member of the National Academy of Sciences-National Academy of Engineering Joint Board on Energy Studies. After leaving UVA, Willrich became an energy executive and remains active in energy issues, particularly in California.



Non-Proliferation Treaty: Framework for Nuclear Arms Control (Michie, 1969).

Nuclear Proliferation: Prospects for Control (editor with Bennett Boskey) (Dunellen, 1970).

Civil Nuclear Power and International Security (editor) (Praeger, 1971).

Global Politics of Nuclear Energy (Praeger, 1971).

International Safeguards and Nuclear Industry (editor) (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1973).

Nuclear Theft: Risks and Safeguards (with Theodore B. Taylor) (Ballinger, 1974); excerpts reprinted in Peaceful Nuclear Exports and Weapons Proliferation: A Compendium 45-83 (Committee on Government Operations, U.S. Senate, Committee Print, 1975).

SALT: The Moscow Agreements and Beyond (editor with John B. Rhinelander) (Free Press, 1974).

Energy and World Politics (Free Press, 1975).

Administration of Energy Shortages: Natural Gas and Petroleum (Ballinger, 1976).

Radioactive Waste: Management and Regulation (with Richard K. Lester) (Free Press, 1977).

Articles and Book Chapters

No First Use of Nuclear Weapons: An Assessment, 9 Orbis 299-315 (1965).

The Future of Nuclear Weapons Containment, 42 Va. Q. Rev. 497-511 (1966).

Guarantees to Non-Nuclear Nations, 44 Foreign Aff. 683-692 (1966).

Safeguarding Atoms for Peace, 60 Am. J. Int’l L. 34-54 (1966).

West Germany’s Pledge Not to Manufacture Nuclear Weapons, 7 Va. J. Int’l L. 91-100 (1966).

International Control of Civil Nuclear Power, Bull. Atomic Sci., Mar. 1967, at 31-38.

ABM and Arms Control, 44 Int’l Aff. 228-239 (1968).

The Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons: Nuclear Technology Confronts World Politics, 77 Yale L.J. 1447-1519 (1968).

ABM and Non-Proliferation, in ABM: An Evaluation of the Decision to Deploy an Antiballistic Missile System 199-205 (Abram Chayes & Jerome B. Wiesner eds., Harper & Row, 1969).

Civil Nuclear Power: Conflict Potential and Management, in 3 The Future of the International Legal Order 252-270 (Cyril E. Black & Richard A. Falk eds., Princeton University Press, 1971).

The Energy-Environment Conflict: Siting Electric Power Facilities, 58 Va. L. Rev. 257-336 (1972).

Evaluation of International Safeguards and Their Impact on Nuclear Industry, in Proceedings of the 1972 International Conference on Nuclear Solutions to World Energy Problems 291-297 (American Nuclear Society, 1973).

Worldwide Nuclear Industry, in International Safeguards and Nuclear Industry 45-69 (Mason Willrich ed.), Johns Hopkins University Press, 1973.

The Law School as a Base for Interdisciplinary Studies in a University, 26 J. Legal Educ. 213-223 (1974).

Nongovernmental Nuclear Weapon Proliferation, in Nuclear Proliferation Problems 168-186 (Almqvist & Wiksell/MIT Press, 1974).

SALT I: An Appraisal, in SALT: The Moscow Agreements and Beyond 256-276 (Mason Willrich & John B. Rhinelander eds., Free Press, 1974).

The Energy Electric Utility and the Energy Crisis, Pub. Util. Fort., Jan 2, 1975, at 22-28; Jan. 16, 1975, at 25-34.

Nuclear Power Development and Nuclear Weapon Proliferation, in NPT, Paradoxes and Problems 55-73 (Anne W. Marks ed., Arms Control Association, 1975).

Terrorists Keep Out!: The Problem of Safeguarding Nuclear Material in a World of Malfunctioning People, Bull. Atomic Sci., May 1975, at 12-16.

Energy Independence for America, 52 Int’l Aff. 53-66 (1976); reprinted in United States-OPEC Relations 597-608 (Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, U.S. Senate, Committee Print, 1976).

The Multinational Oil Industry’s Future Role, 52 Va. Q. Rev. 560-578 (1976).

The International Energy Agency: An Interpretation and Assessment (with Melvin A. Conant), 71 Am. J. Int’l L. 199-223 (1977); reprinted in Reader on Nuclear Nonproliferation 465-489 (Committee on Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate, Committee Print, 1978).


Statement, in Nonproliferation Treaty 210-219 (Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, Hearing, July 17, 1968).

Statement, in Strategy and Science: Toward a National Security Policy for the 1970’s, at 170-182 (Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, Hearing, Mar. 19, 1969).

The Implications of Science-Technology for the Legal Process: Comment, 47 Denver L.J. 647-649 (1970).

Review of Roberts, The Nuclear Years, and Scoville, Missile Madness, 25 Reading Guide 45-47 (1970).

Statement, in 1 National Environmental Laboratories 89-102 (Committee on Public Works, U.S. Senate, Hearings, Apr. 29, 1971).

Towards SALT II: Interpretation and Policy Implications of the SALT Agreements (panel chairman), 67 Am. Soc’y Int’l L. Proc 28-47 (1973).

Statement, in U.S. Foreign Policy and the Export of Nuclear Technology to the Middle East 159-178 (Committee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives, Hearing, July 18, 1974).

Perspective on the NPT Review Conference (Stanley Foundation, 1975).

Statement, in Nonproliferation Issues 36-43 (Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, Hearing, Mar. 19, 1975).

Statement, in 1 Oversight Hearings on Nuclear Energy – Overview of the Major Issues 749-755 (Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, Hearing, May 1, 1975).

Testimony, in The Export Reorganization Act – 1975, at 25-31, 48-62 (Committee on Government Operations, U.S. Senate, Hearing, Apr. 24, 1975).

Statement, in 2 The Energy Information Act 1238-1263 (Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, U.S. Senate, Hearing, Mar. 12, 1976).

Statement, in U.S. Policy Toward Africa 234-238, 266, 270-271 (Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, Hearing, May 26, 1976).

Testimony, in Export Reorganization Act of 1976, at 86-92 (Committee on Government Operations, U.S. Senate, Hearings, Jan. 19, 1976).

Alternative Energy Resources: An International Approach (moderator), 16 Colum. J. Transnat’l L. 386-404 (1977).