Honorary Doctorate for Frank Berman

Date Published: 01.03.2022

The University of Cape Town is to confer an honorary LLD on Wadham Honorary Fellow Sir Franklin Berman.

Sir Franklin Berman, Wadham Honorary Fellow

The honour comes in recognition of his “immense contribution to the growth and development of international law and international dispute resolution.

A graduate of the University of Cape Town, Sir Frank came to Wadham as a Rhodes Scholar in 1961 to read for a second BA in Law, going on to doctoral research in public international law under the supervision of Ian Brownlie. He became an Honorary Fellow here in 1995 and Visiting Professor in International Law at both of his Universities, Oxford and Cape Town.

Sir Frank Berman, Biography

Frank Berman went straight from Oxford into the Diplomatic Service, where he served in Berlin, Bonn and at the UN in New York, becoming the Legal Adviser to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office between 1991 and 1999. He conducted cases before the International Court of Justice and arbitral tribunals and took part in numerous international negotiations, culminating in leading the British Delegation to the International Conference that drew up the Statute of the International Criminal Court. From 2001 he served as Chairman of the Austrian Claims Committee for the compensation of victims of Nazi persecution until the completion of its work in 2017.

He practises at the Bar in public international law and international arbitration. He has sat on numerous committees in the legal field, including the Advisory Council of the Institute for European & Comparative Law, the Board of Trustees of the British Institute of International & Comparative Law, and the Editorial Board of the British Year Book of International Law.

He is a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and was appointed Legal Member of the Court of Arbitration between Pakistan and India under the Indus Waters Treaty. He has sat as Judge ad hoc in three cases before the International Court of Justice.

His research interests lie principally in the law of treaties, the use of force, settlement of disputes, international humanitarian law and the law of international organizations. He is General Editor of the Oxford Library of International Law.

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