November 11, 2008 11:49 Age: 5 yrs

Bederman Named K. H. Gyr Professor in Private International Law

Emory University School of Law is pleased to announce the investiture of Professor David J. Bederman as the K. H. Gyr Professor in Private International Law. Emory Law will honor Professor Bederman in a formal investiture ceremony, Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m., in the school’s Tull Auditorium.


Following the ceremony, Professor Bederman will deliver the K. H. Gyr Lecture, “The Pirate Code.” A reception will follow in Hunter Atrium.


Professor Bederman teaches courses in public international law, legal methods, admiralty, international institutions, law of international common spaces, and Roman law, as well as seminars on international environmental law and foreign relations power. He also serves as adviser to the Emory International Law Review.


Prior to coming to Emory, Professor Bederman practiced law in Washington, D.C., with the firm of Covington & Burling and worked as a legal adviser at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal at The Hague. Professor Bederman has published extensively on diverse legal topics, including legal history, constitutional law and international legal theory and practice.


The K. H. Gyr Professorship in Private International Law was established in 1987 by Emory Law alumnus Roland U. Straub. The professorship was named in honor of Straub’s grandfather, Dr. K. H. Gyr, who was a distinguished Swiss industrialist and co-founder of Landis & Gyr, a major multinational enterprise.


Straub, who at the time was a young lawyer in Zug, Switzerland, attended Emory Law’s LL.M. Program. He, along with Professor Thomas Burgenthal, helped to establish the chair to support cooperation and interaction between the United States and Europe and to assist Emory Law’s LL.M. Program in becoming an important center for training American and international lawyers.


The K. H. Gyr Professorship previously was held by former Emory Law Professor Richard L. Doernberg.


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