Sir Frank Berman joined the Faculty in 2000 as Visiting Professor in International Law on his retirement from the post of Legal Adviser to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

During a full career in the Diplomatic Service, he served in Berlin, Bonn and at the UN in New York, 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 ClaimsCommittee for the compensation of victims of Nazi persecution.

He came to Oxford to read law as a Rhodes Scholar and is an Hon. Fellow (now Fellow) of Wadham. He practises at the Bar in public international law and international arbitration. He is a member of numerous committees in the legal field, including the Advisory Council of the Institute for European & Comparative Law, and is Chairman of the Trustees of the British Institute of International & Comparative Law, and a member of the Editorial Board of the British Year Book of International Law.

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.


His Oxford teaching is principally at the graduate level, for the BCL/MJur, and research supervision for MPhil and DPhil, as well as on the Foreign Service Programme

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International Law

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Public International Law

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