King’s College London appoints US lawyer as new law school dean

The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London has appointed a US lawyer as its new dean as part of its focus on transnational law and to spearhead a worldwide academic recruitment campaign.

David Caron, who is currently Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, will take up his appointment in mid-2013.

Professor Caron’s scholarship covers international law and organisation, focusing on public and private international dispute resolution, international courts and tribunals, the United Nations, the law of the sea, international environmental law, climate change and general theory of international law.

The appointment follows a £20m donation by Hong Kong-based philanthropist Dickson Poon, which is part of a £40m transformation project which aims to build the school’s reputation as one of the top law schools and to set new standards in legal education and research. A key strategic focus will be to establish the school as a leader in the broad area of transnational law.

Professor Sir Rick Trainor, Principal & President of King’s, said: “His deanship will now drive a worldwide recruitment campaign for eight new distinguished chair positions and a significant number of other teaching and research positions, establishing the law school as an unrivalled centre for legal research and education.’

Dame Rosalyn Higgins QC, former President of the International Court of Justice, added: “Securing David Caron as dean of its law school is a real coup for King’s. They have at once obtained an outstanding administrator and signalled their intention to become a leading place to study international law.”

The news follows the launch in November 2012 of the largest ever UK scholarship programme for law making 80 scholarships available to students (15 November 2012).