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Posted on 14/01/2013

King’s College London appoints new Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law

Professor David Caron has been appointed as the new Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London. He is due to take up his appointment in mid 2013.
The appointment follows a £20m donation by Mr Dickson Poon CBE, which is part of a £40m transformation project to build the School’s reputation as one of the top law schools and to set new standards in legal education and research. A key strategic focus will be to establish the School as a leader in the broad area of transnational law. This focus is ever more vital due to the globalisation of business and legal practice. Professor Caron's expertise and interests make him an ideal person to develop this focus.
Professor Caron’s scholarship covers international law and organisation, focusing on public and private international dispute resolution, international courts and tribunals, the United Nations, the law of the sea, international environmental law, climate change and general theory of international law.
David Caron is currently the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He currently serves as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law, is a member of the Executive Council of the American Bar Association Section on International law, a member of the US Department of State Advisory Committee on Public International Law, Co-Director of the Law of the Sea Institute, Co-Director of Berkeley’s Miller Institute on Global Challenges and the Law, and is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law. He is the immediate Past President of the American Society of International Law and a former Chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.
Professor Caron attended the United States Coast Guard Academy graduating with High Honors with emphases in Physics and Political Science and as Commander of the Corp of Cadets in 1974. He served first in the Arctic as the Navigator and Salvage Diving Officer aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star and second in San Francisco as the Assistant Chief of the Marine Environmental Protection Service for California. In 1979 Professor Caron was a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom attending the University of Wales and receiving a Masters’ degree in Marine Law and Policy. He studied law at the University of California, Berkeley graduating Order of the Coif, as Editor in Chief of Ecology Law Quarterly and as co-recipient of the Thelen Marrin Prize for outstanding student scholarship in 1983.
Following graduation from Berkeley, Professor Caron served as a legal assistant to Judges Richard M. Mosk and Charles N. Brower at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal. While there he began his associations with the Hague Academy of International Law where he received its Diploma and with the University of Leiden where he received his Doctorate in Law. He then served as a Senior Research Fellow with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law in Heidelberg, followed by a period of practice at the San Francisco firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro before joining the law faculty at Berkeley in 1987.

Professor Sir Rick Trainor, Principal & President of King’s, said: ‘I am delighted that we have been able to attract a person of Professor David Caron's calibre, distinction and leadership abilities to such an important role. Professor Caron’s exceptional scholarship and experience will strengthen the reputation of The Dickson Poon School of Law and support our ambitions for its future. His deanship will now drive a worldwide recruitment campaign for eight new Distinguished Chair positions and a significant number of other teaching and research positions, establishing the Law School as an unrivalled centre for legal research and education.’
Professor Caron said: ‘I am utterly delighted to be joining King’s College London and in particular its outstanding community of scholars and students. Dickson Poon’s gift comes at the right time for a global community that seeks new and effective approaches to numerous challenges facing humanity, each of which transcends the borders of any particular state. I very much look forward to helping bring the collective excellence of King’s College London and the legal community to bear on the most pressing issues of our day.’

Dame Rosalyn Higgins DBE, QC, former President of the International Court of Justice, added: ‘Securing David Caron as Dean of its Law School is a real coup for King’s! They have at once obtained an outstanding administrator and signalled their intention to become a leading place to study international law.’
The School of Law at King’s has enjoyed a tradition of excellence for over 175 years. The School recently moved into Somerset House East Wing, an iconic building in central London, located at the centre of the British legal and political world and surrounded by major City law firms.
The appointment of the new Dean for the School follows the launch in November 2012 of the largest ever scholarship programme for Law in the UK and the rest of Europe aimed at the brightest and best students from around the world. The School is making 80 scholarships available as part of the £20m gift by Dickson Poon, with a record amount offered to Law PhD students individually – over £90,000 each over three years.
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