September 14, 2011

Inaugural law lecture honors Bederman

David J. Bederman

International law expert David J. Bederman will deliver the inaugural David J. Bederman Lecture, "Public Law and Custom," at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 at Emory School of Law. Drawn in part from his new book, "Custom as a Source of Law," a book signing and reception will follow this free public lecture.

The David J. Bederman Lecture is being established through the support of Bederman's family, friends, colleagues and students to honor his record of scholarship, teaching and advocacy. Emory Law will establish a fellowship for qualified students to attend the summer sessions of The Hague Academy of International Law.

Bederman, the K.H. Gyr Professor in Private International Law, specializes in public international law, admiralty and legal history. He has also taught legislation and regulation, constitutional law and Roman law. He is adviser to the Emory International Law Review and the law school Supreme Court Advocacy Project. Since 2010, he has been chair of the board of directors for Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., which engages in archaeologically sensitive exploration and recovery of shipwrecks throughout the world.

"David has long distinguished himself as a brilliant teacher, scholar, and advocate," says Robert A. Schapiro, interim dean of Emory Law. "His love of learning, his devotion to his students and his leadership in the community have been deeply inspiring to us all."

An R.S.V.P. to the lecture is required.

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