David Caron

International Visiting Professor of Law (Spring 2013)

Office: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 734
435 W. 116th St.
New York NY 10027
Email: dcaron@law.columbia.edu

Assistant Info

Name: Elizabeth Boylan
Phone: 212-854-4769
Email: elizabeth.boylan@law.columbia.edu
Areas of Teaching and Research
  • International law
  • Ocean law and policy
  • Leiden University, Dr. Jur., 1990
  • Leiden University, Doctorandus, 1985
  • Hague Academy of International Law, Diploma, 1984
  • UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), J.D., 1983

  • University of Wales, M.Sc., 1980
  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy, B.S., 1974


Caron is the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law and co-director of the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. He is an expert in international law and organization, focusing on public and private international dispute resolution, international courts and tribunals, the United Nations, the law of the sea, international environmental law, climate change, and general theory of international law.

In January 2013, David Caron was appointed dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London. He is due to take up his appointment in mid-2013.

Caron is a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law of the World Economic Forum, a member of the Executive Council of the American Bar Association Section on International Law, and a member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on Public International Law. He is co-director of the Law of the Sea Institute, an international consortium of scholars that has played a major part in studies of ocean law since the 1970s, and a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law. Caron is immediate past president of the American Society of International Law, and a former chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

Before joining the Berkeley faculty in 1987, Caron practiced with the San Francisco firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro. From 1985 to 1986, he was a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law. A Fulbright scholar and former navigator and salvage diver in the U.S. Coast Guard, Caron graduated from Berkeley in 1983. He then served as a legal assistant to Judges Richard Mosk and Charles Brower at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague.

Caron has served as director of studies (1987), director of research (1995) and as a lecturer (2006) at the Hague Academy of International Law. He received the 1991 Deak Prize of the American Society of International Law for outstanding scholarship by a younger academic. He has served as chair of the International Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the precedent panel of the U.N. Compensation Commission for claims arising out of the Gulf War, counsel for Ethiopia before the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, president of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Tribunal in the matter of Aguas del Tunari v. The Republic of Bolivia, and a member of the NAFTA Chapter 11 Arbitration Panels in the matters of Glamis Gold v. The United States and Cargill Industries v. The United States of Mexico.

In 2000, he received the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Award of the University of California for outstanding achievement and contribution to the field of international law.

Caron's recent publications include: "The Profound Significance of the UNCC for the Environment," in Environmental Liability: Gulf War Reparations and the UN Compensation Commission (Cymie Payne and Peter H. Sand, eds., Oxford University Press, 2011); "Negotiating Our Future with the Oceans," in A Planet for Life 2011--Oceans (L. Tubiana, P. Jacquet, and R.K. Pachauri, eds., 2011); "The Interpretation of National Foreign Investment Laws as Unilateral Acts Under International Law," in Looking to the Future: Essays on International Law in Honor of W. Michael Reisman (Mahnoush Arsanjani, Jacob Cogan, Robert Sloane, & Siegfried Weissner eds., 2011); The Oceans in the Nuclear Age: Legacies and Risks (coedited with Harry N. Scheiber, 2010); "A Call to Action: Turning the Golden State into a Golden Opportunity for International Arbitration," 28 Berkeley Journal of International Law (2010) (coauthored with Leah Harhay); and "The Alien Tort Statute: An Overview of Current Issues," 28 Berkeley Journal of International Law (2010) (coauthored with Richard M. Buxbaum).