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
Richard L. Williamson, Jr., Professor of Law Emeritus, earned an A.B. in 1967 from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in 1977 from American University, and a J.D. magna cum laude 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 in the U.S. Department of State, 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. From 2009 to 2014, he was the Chair of the university-wide Faculty Senate.
Professor Williamson has taught 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.
In 2016, he received the James W. McLamore Award, the University’s highest award for outstanding service.