Paul Schiff Berman

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Paul Schiff Berman (born February 12, 1966) is an American lawyer and the Walter S. Cox Professor of Law at The George Washington University. From 2013 to 2016 he served as the University's Vice Provost for Online Education and Academic Innovation. He served as dean of The George Washington University Law School and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law from 2011 to 2013 and dean of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law of Arizona State University from 2008 to 2011.

After just 18 months of service, he was ousted as dean of GW Law, following the filing of a faculty grievance that cited no regard for faculty governance, and verbal abuse toward staff. Source:

Prior to that, he was the a Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he taught from 1997 to 2008. His scholarship focuses on the multiple effects of globalization on legal systems.

He earned his A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1988 and his J.D. in 1995 from New York University School of Law where 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 served as law clerk to then-Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, of the United States Supreme Court. Prior to entering law, Berman was, from 1988–2005, Artistic Director of Spin Theater, a theater company based in New York City. He was also Administrative Director of The Wooster Group and was the founding Administrator for Richard Foreman's Ontological-Hysteric Theatre at Saint Mark's Church in the East Village.

Berman is married to Laura A. Dickinson since 2000, in a ceremony performed by Ruth Bader Ginsburg.[1]


He is the author of Global Legal Pluralism: A Jurisprudence of Law Beyond Borders, Cyberlaw: Problems of Policy and Jurisprudence in the Information Age (with Patricia L. Bellia and David G. Post), and the editor of a collection of essays, The Globalization of International Law.

He is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters, including Seeing Beyond the Limits of International Law, Towards a Cosmopolitan Vision of Conflict of Laws: Redefining Governmental Interests in a Global Era, From International Law to Law and Globalization, and The Globalization of Jurisdiction.


  1. ^ "Laura Dickinson, Paul Berman". New York Times. June 4, 2000. 

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