Paul Schiff Berman

Paul Schiff Berman
Walter S. Cox Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Paul Schiff Berman, Walter S. Cox Professor of Law, is one of the world's foremost theorists on the effect of globalization on the interactions among legal systems. He is the author of over fifty scholarly works, including Global Legal Pluralism: A Jurisprudence of Law Beyond Borders, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. He was also among the first legal scholars to focus on legal issues regarding online activity, and he is co-author of one of the leading casebooks in the field.

In addition to his scholarly work, Professor Berman has extensive experience in university and law school administration, having served as Vice Provost for Online Education and Academic Innovation at The George Washington University from 2013-16; Dean of The George Washington University Law School from 2011-13; and Dean of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University from 2008-11. Professor Berman has previously served as the Jesse Root Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he taught from 1998-2008. For the 2006–07 academic year, Professor Berman was a Visiting Professor and Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University in the Program in Law and Public Affairs. From September 2016 to August 2019 he is also serving as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Queen Mary University of London. He also serves on the Organizing Committee of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities and was Co-Chair of the International Law and Technology Interest Group of the American Society of International Law from 2014-16.

Professor Berman graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1988 and earned his law degree from New York University in 1995. During law school, he served as Managing Editor of the NYU Law Review and received the University Graduation Prize for the graduating law student with the highest cumulative grade point average. He later clerked for Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Prior to entering law school, Professor Berman was a Professional Theater Director in New York City and Artistic Director of Spin Theater, a not-for-profit theater company. He was also administrative director of two other not-for-profit theater companies in New York City: The Wooster Group and Richard Foreman's Ontological-Hysteric Theatre at St. Mark's Church.

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AB, Princeton University; JD, New York University

In the News

“Here's What is Likely Next for Trump's National Emergency Declaration’’

March 15, 2019

Paul Schiff Berman spoke to Lilly Broadcasting about the consequences of the Senate vetoing Trump’s emergency declaration.

“A Closer Look at the Supreme Court and the Debate Over Abortion’’

March 13, 2019
Paul Schiff Berman is quoted by Sinclair Broadcast Group about why Chief Justice John G. Roberts may be a swing vote in rulings on abortion.

“Trump Declares National Emergency”

February 16, 2019

Paul Schiff Berman is quoted by Voice of America about concern that Trump's national emergency will set a precedent for future presidents to bypass Congress using national emergency declarations.

“Trump Retains Explosive Wildcard in Battle Over Border Security’’

February 10, 2019

Paul Schiff Berman is quoted by Voice of America about Trump's authority to declare a national emergency and the risks if it moves forward.

“Roger Stone Indicted in Russia”

January 25, 2019

Paul Schiff Berman speaks to “Off Script With Bruce Johnson’’ about the indictment of Roger Stone and the allegations of a backchannel from the Trump campaign to WikiLeaks.