Bernard H. Oxman

Richard A. Hausler Professor of Law

J.D. 1965, Columbia Law School
A.B. 1962, Columbia College

Phone: 305-284-2293
Office: G464

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 Maritime 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).


Homage to Judge Tullio Treves, nternational courts and the development of international law: essays in Honour of Tullio Treves 3 (2013).

Separate and Dissenting Opinions and their Absence: A Window on Decision-Making in the Tribunal, Regions, Institutions, and the Law of the Sea 47 (2013).

Agora: The South China Sea: Editors’ Introduction, 107 Am. J. Int’l L. 95 (2013).

In Memoriam David J. Bederman, 106 Am. J. Int’l L. 295 (2012).

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as a Constitution for the Oceans, 19 Dokdo Res. J. 32 (2012).

On Rocks and Maritime Delimitation, In Looking To The Future: Essays On International Law In Honor Of W. Michael Reisman 893 (2011).

Idealism and the Study of International Law, Recueil des Cours 419 (2011).

Crimes at Sea and Trafficking on Weapons of Mass Destruction, The Exercise of Jurisdiction over Vessels: New Developments in the Fields of Pollution, Fisheries, Crimes at Sea and Trafficking of Weapons of Mass Destruction 137 (2010).

Reflections on the Theme of the Oceans in the Nuclear Age, In The Oceans In The Nuclear Age: Legacies And Risks 507 (2010).

The "Tomimaru" (Japan v. Russian Federation). Judgment. ITLOS Case No. 15. International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, August 6, 2007., 102 Am. J. Int'l L. 316 (2008).

The Territorial Temptation: A Siren Song at Sea, 100 Am. J. Int'l L. 830 (2006).

The "Grand Prince" (Belize v. France). Judgment. ITLOS Case No. 8. International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, April 20, 2001, with Vincent Bantz, 96 Am. J. Int'l L. 219 (2002).

Complementary Agreements and Compulsory Jurisdiction, 95 Am. J. Int'l L. 277 (2001).

 Media Appearances

Professor Bernard Oxman comments on the possible upcoming ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) in The National Interest 2015

“Palace slams lawyer's attack on size, cost of PHL delegation to The Hague” atGMA News Online 2015

“Philippine legal team facing Tribunal today to answer questions" at Ang Malaya Net 2015

“Philippines asserts fishing, environmental rights“ at The Philippine Star 2015

“PHL legal team, powerhouse delegation show 'united front' on UNCLOS case vs China” at GMA News Online 2015

“Three of five Filipinos distrust China, SWS says“ at BusinessWorld Online 2015

“Unable to defend The Hague junket, Lacierda turns catty“ at ABS-CBN 2015

“US lawyer for PH expert in maritime boundary cases” at 2015

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