Professor Oxman Invited to 40th UN Convention on Law of the Sea and US State Dept Committee on International Law with Focus on Ukraine

Professor Oxman Invited to 40th UN Convention on Law of the Sea and US State Dept Committee on International Law with Focus on Ukraine

Professor Bernard Oxman
By Lauren Beiley

Professor Bernard Oxman

Professor Oxman Invited to 40th UN Convention on Law of the Sea and US State Dept Committee on International Law with Focus on Ukraine

By Lauren Beiley
Miami Law maritime expert again on the world stage on the anniversary of the accord and advising on the war in Ukraine.

Professor Bernard H. Oxman, the Richard A. Hausler Professor of Law, recently participated in a workshop in Montreal June 22 2022, in connection with the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The University of Montreal sponsored the workshop, and the Consulate of the Republic of Korea hosted it.

Oxman was the sole American participant in the invited group of leading experts on international law and the law of the sea from all parts of Canada. He spoke on the question of compulsory arbitration and adjudication of disputes between states concerning the interpretation or application of the convention.

He also participated in a meeting June 24 2022, of the United States Department of State Advisory Committee on International Law, of which he is a member. The discussion focused on specific legal issues arising from the invasion of Ukraine and the continuing hostilities there. 

Oxman cautioned against confusing the law governing the right to use armed force (the jus ad bellum) and the legal responsibility for injury caused by unlawful resort to the use of force with the law limiting how hostilities may be conducted (the jus in bello or international humanitarian law) and the legal consequences of breaching those limitations. 

At the University of Miami, Oxman regularly teaches conflict of laws, international law, the law of the sea, and torts. He served as associate dean of the Law School from 1987 to 1990 and currently is the Faculty Chair of the Law School's LL.M. Program in Maritime Law. 

A recipient of the University Senate's Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, he is a member of the Institut de Droit International, the American Law Institute, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He served for a decade as co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of International Law, published by the American Society of International Law, which honored Oxman with its highest honor in 2021, the Manley O. Hudson Medal awarded, for his outstanding contributions to scholarship and achievement in international law. He is the only American lawyer ever appointed to judge ad hoc before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the International Court of Justice.