It is with immense sadness that we received the news of  Professor David Caron’s passing, on February 20, 2018. David taught at CTLS during the Spring 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters.

Brief Bio

Professor David Caron was a Judge with the Iran – United States Claims Tribunal in the Hague and Professor of International Law at King’s College London.

Professor Caron joined as Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law from the US, where he was the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law, member of the Executive Council of the American Bar Association Section on International law, member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on Public International Law, Co-Director of the Law of the Sea Institute, Co-Director of Berkeley’s Miller Institute on Global Challenges and the Law, and as a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law.

Professor Caron attended the United States Coast Guard Academy graduating with High Honors with emphases in Physics and Political Science and as Commander of the Corp of Cadets in 1974. He served first in the Arctic as the Navigator and Salvage Diving Officer aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, and second in San Francisco as the Assistant Chief of the Marine Environmental Protection for California. In 1979, Professor Caron was a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom attending the University of Wales and receiving a Masters’ degree in Marine Law and Policy. Professor Caron studied law at the University of California at Berkeley graduating Order of the Coif, as Editor in Chief of Ecology Law Quarterly and as co-recipient of the Thelen Marrin Prize for outstanding student scholarship in 1983.

Following Berkeley, Professor Caron served as a legal assistant to Judges Richard M. Mosk and Charles N. Brower at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal. While there, Professor Caron began his associations with the Hague Academy of International Law becoming the 25th American to receive its Diploma and with the University of Leiden where he received his Doctorate in Law. He thereupon served as a Senior Research Fellow with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law in Heidelberg and thereafter practiced with the San Francisco firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro before joining the law faculty at Berkeley in 1987.

Professor Caron’s scholarship addresses international law and organization, with the corpus of work 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.

David Caron served as Chair of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration from 2005 to 2009 and is a Co-Editor in Chief of World Arbitration and Mediation Review. He has served as an arbitrator in international matters, including from 1996 to 2003 service as a Commissioner with the Precedent Panel (E2) of the U. N. Compensation Commission in Geneva resolving claims arising out of the 1990 Gulf War. He is a member of the Bars of the State of California and of England and Wales, and is a Barrister Member of Chambers at 20 Essex Street.

Professor Caron received the Deák prize of the American Society of International Law for outstanding scholarship by a younger scholar in 1991. 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. In 2006, he served as a member of the Faculty in the Public International Law Session of the Hague Academy of International Law. He served as the President of the American Society of International Law from 2010 to 2012.

Courses taught at CTLS

  • Ocean Law and Policy (Spring 2018, Spring 2017)