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

Before joining the Law School in 1977, Professor Oxman served on active duty in the International Law Division of the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, and thereafter as Assistant Legal Adviser for Oceans, Environment, and Scientific Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

At the University of Miami, he has regularly taught conflict of laws, international law, law of the sea, and torts. He served as associate dean of the Law School from 1987 to 1990, served on the University's Faculty Senate from 1996 to 2017, and currently is the Faculty Chair of the Law School's Master of Laws Program in Maritime Law. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the law schools of the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University, and the faculty of law of the University of Paris.

Professor Oxman 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 that prepared the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which there are now 168 states parties. He also served as co-editor in chief of the American Journal of International Law and vice-president of the American Society of International Law. He is a member of the Institut de Droit International, the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the only American ever appointed to serve as judge ad hoc of both the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, to which he was recently appointed in that capacity for the third time. He has also served as a member of the tribunal as well as counsel in various international arbitrations and proceedings between states as well as private parties.

He has published numerous books and articles on the law of the sea and other international law subjects in English and French. His honors include the Navy Commendation Medal, the American Society of International Law’s Francis Deak Award for articles in the American Journal of International Law, and the Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity and the Faculty Senate’s Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award at the University of Miami.


Choice of Forum for Settlement of Law of the Sea Disputes, in A Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Dispute Resolution in the Law of International Watercourses and the Law of the Sea (Helene Ruiz Fabri, et al. eds.) 83 (2021).

Book Review (High Seas Governance: Gaps and Challenges), 114 Am. J. Int'l L. 796 (2020).

Book Review (The Free Sea: The American Fight for Freedom of Navigation), 114 Am. J. Int'l L. 340 (2020).

Nonparticipation and Perceptions of Legitimacy, 46 Ecology L. Q. 81 (2019).

Nonparticipation and Perceptions of Legitimacy, 37 Berkeley J. Int'l L. 235 (2019).

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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Faculty Assistant

Demmings, Sue

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