07 Dec David J Bederman (1961-2011)
I still vividly remember my first encounter with David’s work when I was a new attorney in the Legal Adviser’s Office and read his concise, witty and simply wonderfully written introductory text, International Law Frameworks. I was inspired by how he managed to condense (accurately) the intellectual history of international law into a mere dozen pages. I was struck both then, and later as I came to know David as a colleague, by just how wide and deep his knowledge was of international law, and the truly passionate manner in which he pursued his interests in this field (which, I’d add was only one among many areas of expertise, alongside admiralty law and a successful Supreme Court practice).
Over the last six months, I was fortunate enough to work with David on a chapter that he wrote for my forthcoming Oxford Guide to Treaties. David authored the chapter on Third Party Rights and Obligations in Treaties. I was so impressed that, even as his health failed him, he wanted to hone his chapter into what I hope will be a seminal contribution to the field of treaty law. I know I’m not the only international lawyer who was touched by David or his work, but I will say I consider myself fortunate to have known and worked with him.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations to be made in Professor Bederman’s memory to the Patient Assistance Fund at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University or to the laboratory of Dr. H. Richard Alexander Jr., professor of research and associate chairman for clinical research at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.