Richard L. Williamson, Jr.

Professor of Law Emeritus

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.



International Commercial Arbitration Practice in the United States, INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION PRACTICE: 21ST CENTURY PERSPECTIVES , with John Rooney, Sandra Friedrich, Judith Freedberg, (2017).

Dirty Water: Lessons for Comparative Public Law and International Governance from Wastewater Regulation in the United States and Germany, with Monika Bohm, 43 Envtl. L. Rep. 10237 (2013).

Politische Manipulationen des US-Wahlrechte: Wie beeinflussen sie die Präsidentenwahl?, with Monika Bohm, 48 Recht und Politik 155 (2012).

Space Security Lessons from “Terrestrial” Arms Control, Prospects for Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures in Space 21 (2010).

International Commercial Arbitration Practice in the United States, International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21st Century Perspectives, with John Rooney, Judith Freedberg, 14.01 (2010).

The Role of the Government in ADR in the United States, with Noriko Okubo, 58 Handai Hogaku (Osaka University Law Review) 315 (2009).

An Analysis of the Effectiveness and the Side-effects of the German Wastewater Fee Law, Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation, with Monika Bohm, 527 (2008).

Hard Law, Soft Law, and Non-Law in Multilateral Arms Control: Some Compliance Hypotheses, 4 Chi. J. Int'l L. 59 (2003).

International Regulation of Land Mines, Commitment and Compliance: The Role of Non-binding Norms in the International Legal System 505 (2000).

Global Emissions Trading: Lessons from Domestic Law and Arms Control, 90 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 493 (1996).

Fostering Recycling and World Trade Rules: Incompatible?, Enforcing Environmental Standards: Economic Mechanisms as Viable Means?, with Rudiger Wolfram, 623 (1996).

Faculty Assistant

Demmings, Sue

Phone: (305) 284-4442
Office: G463

Area of Expertise

  • Environmental Law
  • International Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution