Richard L. Williamson, Jr.

Professor of Law

J.D. 1984, Harvard University
Honorary Doctorate of Laws 2013, University of Leipzig
M.A. 1977, American University
A.B. 1967, University of Southern California

Phone: 305-284-4815
Office: G467

Richard L. Williamson, Jr., Professor of Law, earned an A.B. in 1967 from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in 1977 from American University, and a J.D. in 1984 from Harvard Law School. He received an honorary Doctorate of Laws (Doktor der Rechte (h.c.)) from the University of Leipzig in 2013.

Professor Williamson has served as a foreign service officer, as counselor and executive director of the American Foreign Service Association, and as division chief of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

Prior to coming to Miami Law, he was an attorney with the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.

He was associate dean from 1997-2000, and was on leave in 2000-2001 under a Fulbright grant to teach law in Leipzig, Germany. For two years, he was Interim Chair of the Department of International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Williamson teaches introductory and advanced courses in environmental law, alternative dispute resolution, and courses and seminars on international law topics, including public international law, arms control and international environmental law.

Professor Williamson is the Chair of the university-wide Faculty Senate.


R. Williamson & M. Böhm, Dirty Water: Lessons for Comparative Public Law and International Governance from Wastewater Regulation in the United States and Germany, 43 ENV’L L. REP. 10237 (2013)

R. Williamson & M. Böhm, Politische Manipulationen der Wahlrechte in den USA: Welchen Einfluss haben sie auf die bevorstehende Präsidentenwahl? (Political Manipulation of Voting Rights in the U.S.: What influence might it have on the upcoming Presidential election?) RECHT UND POLITIK 155 (2012).

R. Williamson, Space Security Lessons from “Terrestrial” Arms Control, in PROSPECTS FOR TRANSPARENCY AND CONFIDENCE-BUILDING MEASURES IN SPACE, (J. Robinson et al, eds.), Report 27 of the European Space Policy Institute (2010)

R. Williamson, J. Freedberg, & J. Rooney, International Commercial Arbitration Practice in the United States, in INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION PRACTICE: 21st CENTURY PERSPECTIVES (LEXIS/NEXIS PUBLICATIONS, H.A. Grigera Naón & P.E. Mason, eds.) (2010).

R. Williamson, The Role of Governments in ADR in the United States [in Japanese, translation by Prof. Noriko Okubo], 58 Handai Hogaku 5-315[Osaka University Law Review], (2009). An extended abstract in English appeared in Vol. 56.

M. Böhm & R. Williamson, An Analysis of the Effectiveness and the Side-effects of the German Wastewater Fee Law, in CRITICAL ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL TAXATION (Oxford U. Press, 2008)

R. Williamson, Hard Law, Soft Law and Non-Law in Multilateral Arms Control: Some Compliance Hypotheses, 4 CHICAGO J. INTL. L. 59 (2003)

R. Williamson, International Regulation of Land Mines, in COMMITMENT AND COMPLIANCE: THE ROLE OF NON-BINDING NORMS IN THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL SYSTEM 505 (D. Shelton, ed., Oxford U. Press, 2000).

R. Williamson, Global Emissions Trading: Lessons from Domestic Law and Arms Control, 90 ASIL PROCEEDINGS 493 (1996).

R. Williamson, Fostering Recycling and World Trade Rules: Incompatible? in ENFORCING ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS: ECONOMIC MECHANISMS AS VIABLE MEANS? 623 (R. Wolfrum, ed., Springer Verlag, 1996).

R. Williamson, Law and the H-Bomb: Strengthening the Nonproliferation Regime to Impede Advanced Proliferation, 28 CORNELL INTL.L.J. 71 (1995).

R. Williamson, D. Burton, J. Clarke & L. Fleming, Gathering Danger: The Urgent Need to Regulate Substances Which Can Bioaccumulate, 20 ECOLOGY L.Q. 605 (1993). (Senior author, along with three scientists.)

R. Williamson, U.S. Regulatory Approaches: A Critical Appraisal, 25 WAT. SCI. TECH. 13 (1992).

R. Williamson, Killing the Golden Goose? Impacts of Superfund on U.S. Industrial Competitiveness in PROCEEDINGS OF THE SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, Atlantic City, NJ (1991).

R. Williamson, Building the International Environmental Regime: A Status Report, 21 INTER-AM. L. R. 679 (Summer 1990).

R. Williamson & D. Burton, Use of Aquatic Biological Testing Under the NPDES Permit System to Reduce Toxic Pollution of the Chesapeake Bay, in CONTAMINANT PROBLEMS & MANAGEMENT OF LIVING CHESAPEAKE BAY RESOURCES 518 (Shyamal K. Majumdar, et al., eds., 1987)

Nuclear Proliferation 232 SCIENCE 663 (1986) (Book Review).

Phone: 305-284-4815
Office: G467
Faculty Assistant

Demmings, Sue

Phone: 305-284-4442
Office: G463