Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Rest in Peace: David Bederman

Via Emory’s Polly Price and H-Law we have
the sad news of the passing of David J. Bederman, K. H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law at Emory Law School, on Sunday, December 4, following a lengthy illness. David was 50.

During his 20 years at Emory, David taught courses in legal history, international law, admiralty, international institutions, law of international common spaces, and customary law, wining Emory’s highest teaching awards along the way.  He recently chaired a panel at the American Society for Legal History’s annual meeting in Atlanta.

Among his 12 books are “The Classical Foundations of the American Constitution,” “International Law in Antiquity,” and “Custom as a Source of Law,” from Cambridge University Press.

In addition to holding the K.H. Gyr Chair, David also served as an Associated Faculty Member of Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion.  Prior to joining the faculty at Emory Law, David practiced in Washington, D.C., with Covington & Burling and worked as a legal advisor at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal at The Hague, The Netherlands.