13 Facts About Franklin Berman


Franklin Berman was Legal Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1991 to 1999.

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Franklin Berman was educated at Rondebosch Boys' High School, the University of Cape Town, and Wadham College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and took first class honours in Jurisprudence.

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Franklin Berman then undertook doctoral work at Nuffield College, Oxford, where he held a studentship.

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Franklin Berman was assistant legal advisor for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1965 to 1971, legal advisor to the British Military Government of Berlin from 1971 to 1972, legal adviser at the British Embassy, Bonn, from 1972 to 1974.

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Franklin Berman became deputy legal adviser in 1988 and served as Legal Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1991 to 1999.

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Franklin Berman joined Essex Court Chambers in 2000, where he continues to practice law with a specialisation in international arbitration and advisory work in international law.

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Franklin Berman served as an ad hoc judge for the International Court of Justice from 2003 to 2005, and has been a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration since 2010.

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Franklin Berman is a visiting professor of international law at the University of Oxford and the University of Cape Town, and of King's College London.

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Franklin Berman has served as an arbitrator in ICSID, LCIA and ICC cases.

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Franklin Berman was appointed in 2010 as the Legal Member of the Court of Arbitration between Pakistan and India under the Indus Waters Treaty.

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Franklin Berman has been chair of the Diplomatic Service Association, the Appeals Board of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund, the Trustees of the University of Cape Town, the Austrian National Fund for Compensation of Victims of Nazi Persecution, and the Diplomatic Service Appeals Board ; and has served as a board member or trustee of many other organisations.

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Franklin Berman became an Honorary Fellow of Wadham College 1995, and of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies in 1997.

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Franklin Berman was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Star by the Austrian Government in 2007.

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