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David J. Bederman - Atlanta, GA

1301 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30322 - 2770

Updated: 02/18/2024

Atlanta Admiralty & Maritime Law Lawyer

About David J. Bederman

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Sole Practitioner, since 1991

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty & Maritime Law 30%
  • Constitutional Law 20%
  • International Law 30%
  • Litigation & Appeals 20%


  • 80%

Representative Cases


Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1987
  • District of Columbia, 1988

Other Affiliations

  • American Society of International Law, 1988 - Present
  • Maritime Law Association of the US, 1992 - Present

Classes and Seminars

  • Professor of Law, Emory University, 1991 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • American Journal of International Law, Board of Editors, 1999 - Present
  • Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce, Board of Editors, 1999 - Present
  • Procedural Aspects of International Law Institute, President, 1996 - Present
  • Antarctic & Southern Ocean Coalition, General Counsel, 2005 - Present

Past Positions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Hon. Charles E. Wiggins, Law Clerk, 1987 - 1988
  • Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, Law Clerk, 1988 - 1989
  • Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C., Associate, 1989 - 1991
  • Emory University School of Law, Professor, 1991 - Present


  • University of London, London, England, 1996
    Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy in Laws
  • Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands, 1991
    Diploma in Public International Law
  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1987
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Law Journal: Virginia Journal of International Law, Research & Projects Editor, 1985 - 1987
  • London School of Economics, London, U.K., 1984
    M.Sc., Master of Science
    Major: Sea-Use Law
    Major: Economics
    Major: Policy-Making
  • Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs), Princeton, New Jersey, USA, 1983
    A.B., Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: summa cum laude


Published Works

  • International Law Frameworks, Foundation Press, 2010
  • International Claims: Their Settlement by Lump Sum Agreements, 1975-1995 (with Burns H. Weston and Richard B. Lillich), Transnational Publishers, 1999
  • Admiralty Jurisdiction, 31 J. Mar. L. & Com. 189, 2000
  • Deference or Deception: Treaty Rights as Political Questions, 70 U. Col. L. Rev. 1439, 1997
  • Admiralty and the Eleventh Amendment, 72 Note Dame L. Rev. 935, 1997
  • Uniformity, Delegation and the Dormant Admiralty Clause, 28 J. Mar. L. & Com. 1, 1997
  • The Curious Resurrection of Custom: Beach Access and Judicial Takings, 96 Colum. L. Rev. 1375, 1996
  • Globalization and International Law, Palgrave MacMillan, 2008
  • Admiralty Cases and Materials, LexisNexis, 2004
  • The Spirit of International Law, Univ. of Georgia Press, 2002
  • International Law: A Handbook for Judges, American Society of International Law, 2003
  • Salvage, Benedict on Admiralty, vol. 8, 2001
  • The Contemporary Contours of Admiralty Jurisdiction, 31 Tul. Mar. L.J. 291, 2007
  • Refusing Salvage, 6 Loyola Mar. L.J. 31, 2008

Office Information


1301 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30322 - 2770


  • (404) 727-6820



  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2006 - Present

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