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About David D. Caron

Professor Emeritus David Caron ’83, a prominent international law expert and Berkeley Law professor for 26 years, died in London on February 20, 2018.

A leading scholar, judge, and arbitrator, Caron taught at Berkeley Law from 1987 to 2013, gaining a reputation as a warm and generous peer and teacher. Caron became dean at Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College in London in 2013. He continued there as a professor after leaving the deanship in 2016. Caron held numerous high-level roles in international law and dispute resolution. He served as an arbitrator, lead counsel, and expert in private and public proceedings, including commercial arbitration administered by the International Chamber of Commerce. Caron was also a member of the UN Compensation Commission for claims arising out of the 1990 Gulf War. In 2015, the U.S. government appointed him as a judge at the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague, where he also sat as an ad hoc judge‎ at the International Court of Justice.

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Present Barrister Member of Chambers, 20 Essex Street, Other Institutions
Present Bencher, Inner Temple, London, Other Institutions
Present C.William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
Present Chair, Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law, World Economic Forum (2011-2012), Other Institutions
Present Chair, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (2005 to 2009), Other Institutions
Present Co-Director, Law of the Sea Institute, Other Institutions
Present Member, Bar of England and Wales, Other Institutions
Present Member, Bar of the State of California, Other Institutions
Present President, American Society of International Law (2010-2012), Other Institutions

Curriculum Vitae



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Honors and Awards

  • U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Alumnus, 2014
  • Stefan A. Riesenfeld Memorial Award, University of California, 2000
  • Franics Deak Prize, American Society of International Law, 1991
  • Fulbright Scholar, United Kingdom, 1979-1980


  • Resolution of Private International Disputes
  • Public International Law
  • Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy
  • International Investment Arbitration

Books (12)

Contributions to Books (50)