Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Professor David Bederman of Emory Law School has Died

Bederman, DavidWe are sorry to report the death of David J. Bederman, the K.H. Gyr Professor in Private International Law at Emory Law School.  He was only 50 years old.

He had taught at Emory Law School for two decades, including courses and seminars on international law, torts, admiralty, international institutions, law of international common spaces, legal methods, legislation and regulation, customary law, international environmental law, and foreign relations power.  He was an advisor to the Emory International Law Review and was director of international legal studies.  He held degrees from Paideia, Princeton University, the University of London, the University of Virginia School of Law, and The Hague Academy of International Law. He also held a score of distinguished appointments to boards of journals, NGOs, a publicly traded corporation and various governmental committees.

You can read more here at the law school website.

We extend our sympathy to his family, friends, colleagues, and students.  A memorial service for Professor Bederman is scheduled in Cannon Chapel of Emory University on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 12:30 p.m.

Thanks to Jordan Paust for alerting us to this news.

Ruth Wedgwood, President of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA), shared this message about Professor Bederman:

David Bederman was a member of the ABILA Executive Committee, and a truly brilliant mind. He was the complete international lawyer -- teaching public international law, legislation and regulation, admiralty, international institutions, law of international common spaces, Roman law, international environmental law and foreign relations power.  He had an intellectual command of the legal history of international law that few could match.  And of course, he had a boy's love of the sea and its wrecks, litigating cases on finds on the seabed floor, and serving as chairman of the board of directors of Odyssey Marine Exploration.  Not least, David was a wonderful human being -- lively, gracious, and unduly modest about the Renaissance range of his accomplishments.  It is hard to think of anyone who has matched his Olympiad as a lawyer, able to command the courtroom and the classroom with insight and humor, graced by a humane sense of people and their quixities.  His books included Custom as a Source of Law (2010), 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).

We send our true condolences to his wife Lorre and his daughter Annilese, and our memory of an admirable man who combined the best of mind and heart. 


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