J.D. 1965, Columbia Law School
A.B. 1962, Columbia College
Professor Bernard H. Oxman earned an A.B. from Columbia College in 1962 and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1965. Before joining the Law School in 1977, he was Assistant Legal Adviser for Oceans, Environment, and Scientific Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. He also served as United States Representative to the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea and chaired the English Language Group of the Conference Drafting Committee.
At the University of Miami, he regularly teaches conflict of laws, international law, law of the sea, and torts. He served as associate dean of the Law School from 1987 to 1990, and currently is the Faculty Chair of the Law School's Master of Laws Program in Ocean and Coastal Law. He has been a member of the University's Faculty Senate since 1996.
He is immediate past editor-in-chief of the American Journal of International Law published by the American Society of International Law, and a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2003 he served as a judge ad hoc of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and from 2003-2005 he was a member of an arbitral tribunal in a dispute between Malaysia and Singapore. He has recently been named judgead hoc of the International Court of Justice in a maritime delimitation case between Romania and Ukraine. He is the only American lawyer ever appointed to serve as judge ad hoc before both of these international tribunals.
Professor Oxman has published numerous books and articles on the law of the sea and other international law subjects. His latest essay entitled The Territorial Temptation: A Siren Song at Sea appears in Volume 100 of the American Journal of International Law (October 2006).