David Bederman (1983)
David Bederman, K. H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law, died of cancer in December 2011.
David received his MSC in Sea-Use Law, Economics and Policy Making at the LSE in 1984. He taught public international law, legal methods, admiralty, international institutions, law of international common spaces, and customary law, as well as seminars on international environmental law, and foreign relations power at Emory Law School. In addition, he served as adviser to the Emory International Law Review. He was also the Director of International Legal Studies at the Law School.
Prior to coming to Emory, he practiced law in Washington, D.C. with the firm of Covington & Burling and worked as a legal advisor at the Iran/United States Claims Tribunal at The Hague.
David had published extensively on diverse legal topics, including legal history, constitutional law, and international legal theory and practice. In addition to a number of books and dozens of articles and essays, his major publications included The Spirit of International Law (2002); International Law in Antiquity (2001); and International Law Frameworks (2001).
He had lectured widely and was a visiting professor at New York University and University of Virginia, as well as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Osgoode Hall in Toronto.
After LSE, David obtained a JD from University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from the University of London. David was a former chapter leader of the AFLSE.