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Professor David D Caron

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David D Caron is Dean and Professor of Law of The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London. He practices at 20 Essex Street Chambers since 2009.

Recent and Current Work

David Caron’s practice focuses on public and private international dispute resolution. He has served as arbitrator, lead counsel and expert in both private and public international arbitral proceedings. He is specialised in construction, maritime, ocean boundaries and environmental matters. Presently, David Caron is President of the ICSID Tribunal in the Vladislav Kim v. Uzbekistan dispute and a member of the ICSID Tribunal in the Novera v. Bulgaria dispute. Additionally, he sits as arbitrator in an ICC commercial arbitration and in an ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitration.

From 1996 to 2003, he served as Commissioner with the Precedent Panel (E2) of the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva resolving claims arising out of the 1990 Gulf War. Over a series of seven installments, the E(2) Panel addressed several thousand corporate claims in the construction, insurance, banking, transportation, export, tourist and aviation sectors. From 1994 to 1996, David Caron served as Counsel to the Marshall Islands Nuclear Claims Tribunal. In 2000 to 2001, he briefly served as the U.S. appointed Member of the Property Claims Commission established under the German Forced Labor Settlement. He also served as Counsel for the Government of Ethiopia before the Eritrea - Ethiopia Claims Commission in 2004 to 2005.

David Caron was President of the ICSID Tribunal in the matter of Aguas del Tunari v. The Republic of Bolivia (2002 to 2006). He also was a member of the NAFTA Chapter 11 Arbitration Panels in the matters of Glamis Gold v. The United States and Cargill Industries v. The United States of Mexico.

Education and Career

Born in 1952, David Caron attended the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, graduating with High Honours as Commander of the Corp of Cadets in 1974. He served first in the Arctic as the Navigator and Salvage Diving Officer aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, and second in San Francisco as the Assistant Chief of the Marine Environmental Protection for California. He received the Coast Guard's Achievement Medal and resigned from the service with the rank of Lieutenant in 1979.

David Caron was named a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom in 1979 and attended the University of Wales where he received a Masters' degree in Marine Law and Policy. He began his law studies in 1980 at the University of California at Berkeley graduating Order of the Coif in 1983. Following graduation, David Caron served as a legal assistant to Judges Charles N. Brower and Richard M. Mosk at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague from 1983 to 1986. While in The Hague, he became the 25th American to receive the Diploma of the The Hague Academy of International Law in 1985. From 1986 to 1987 David Caron practiced with the San Francisco firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro before joining the law faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in the Fall of 1987. He received his Doctorate in Law from the University of Leiden in 1990. From 1987 to 2013, David Caron was the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. Since the summer of 2013, David Caron is Dean and Professor of Law of The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London.

Associations and Positions

David Caron has served as an arbitrator in proceedings held under the auspices of the ICSID, the ICC, the ICDR, and in ad hoc arbitrations according to the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. He is a member of the roster of arbitrators of the ICSID, ICDR, CIETAC, KLRCA, SIAC and SCIA.

David Caron is included as a leading international arbitrator from the United States in Chambers USA, The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration and in Who's Who Legal, California. He served as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute of Transnational Arbitration of the Center for American and International Law from 2005 to 2009. From 2010 to 2012, David Caron was President of the American Society of International Law and was a Member of the Executive Council of the American Bar Association in the Section on International Law from 2012 to 2014. He is a Member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and of the World Arbitration and Mediation Review.

David Caron is a member of the California State Bar and the Bar of England and Wales.


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