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Foreword In Honor and Memory of David Caron

Mar 31, 2020

Erwin Chemerinsky

Volume 46 (2019) - Issue 1

David Caron had an enormous impact on Berkeley Law School and on the field of international law. He is terribly missed. A wonderful conference was held on September 14 and 15, 2018, at Berkeley Law School to honor, remember, and celebrate David. Hundreds of people attended a moving memorial service where colleagues and former students paid tribute. A conference brought together top scholars, practitioners, and judges from the field of international law. The papers from this conference are contained in this volume.

David was a beloved member of the Berkeley Law faculty from 1987 until 2013, when he was appointed Dean of the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. For over a quarter century, he was revered by students and colleagues at Berkeley, teaching and writing about international law. He was named the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law in 1996 and served as Co-Director of the Law of the Sea Institute and Co-Director of the Miller Institute on Global Challenges and the Law. At the memorial service at Berkeley, his former students described David’s profound effect on their career paths and their lives. His former colleagues described his unflagging generosity and collegiality. He was affectionately remembered for playing Santa Claus at holiday parties and for singing songs like “Amazing Grades” and “Grade me Tender.” Most of all, he was remembered for his mentorship and his constant availability to discuss ideas and help improve the work of others.