News Release: Faculty Experts, Law

Sep. 7,  2011

International Law Expert Delivers Inaugural Bederman Lecture Sept. 26

News Article ImageProfessor David J. Bederman

Professor David J. Bederman will deliver the inaugural David J. Bederman Lecture, "Public Law and Custom," at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at Emory University School of Law, 1301 Clifton Rd. The free, public lecture will be drawn in part from his new book, "Custom as a Source of Law," published by Cambridge University Press.

A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.

The David J. Bederman Lecture is being established through the generous support of professor Bederman's family, friends, colleagues and students to honor his extraordinary record of scholarship, teaching and advocacy.

"David has long distinguished himself as a brilliant teacher, scholar, and advocate," says Robert A. Schapiro, interim dean of Emory Law. "His love of learning, his devotion to his students and his leadership in the community have been deeply inspiring to us all."

Bederman, the K.H. Gyr Professor in Private International Law, is a noted authority on public international law, admiralty and legal history. He has taught all those subjects, as well as legislation and regulation, constitutional law and Roman law. He is advisor to the Emory International Law Review and the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project

Bederman has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court five times, including a 2009 case that was decided 6-3 in his client's favor. He has been involved with a wide variety of appellate matters more than the past 20 years and has worked with teams of Emory Law students on briefs and oral arguments.

Prior to joining Emory Law, he practiced with the Washington, D.C., law firm, Covington & Burling and served as a legal advisor at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal at The Hague. Bederman has been a visiting professor at New York University and University of Virginia, as well as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. In 2010, he became chair of the board of directors for Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., which engages in archaeologically sensitive exploration and recovery of shipwrecks throughout the world.

Bederman lectures widely in the United States and Europe and has published 12 books and 125 articles. His major publications include "Globalization and International Law" (2008); "The Classical Foundations of the American Constitution" (2008); "The Spirit of International Law" (2002); "International Law in Antiquity" (2001); and "International Law Frameworks" (2001; now in a third edition).

He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, an M.Sc. degree from the London School of Economics, and J.D. from the University of Virginia. He earned a diploma from The Hague Academy of International Law and a Ph.D. from the University of London.

In addition to the lectureship, Emory Law will establish a fellowship for qualified students to attend the summer sessions of the Hague Academy of International Law.

This event is free and open to the public, but an R.S.V.P. is required. To R.S.V.P., email


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