Howard S. Schiffman, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. is Director and Clinical Associate Professor at the New York University M.S. Program in Global Affairs where he teaches courses in international law, international dispute settlement and international environmental law. He was a recipient of the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001. He previously taught courses in international law and American constitutional law at Yeshiva University Stern College for Women.
Dr. Schiffman is admitted to practice law in New York State and Massachusetts (retired status in Massachusetts) as well as the Eastern and Southern District Courts of New York and the United States Supreme Court. He previously worked for several years as a staff attorney with the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society of New York.
Howard Schiffman holds a B.A. (Cum Laude with Distinction) from Boston University, a J.D. from the Suffolk University Law School in Boston and an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in International and Comparative Law from the George Washington University Law School. He earned a Ph.D. from the Cardiff University School of Law (Wales, UK). His doctoral thesis examined the role of reservations and veto provisions in marine conservation agreements. He was pleased to research his doctoral thesis under the direction of the eminent law of the sea scholar, Professor Robin R. Churchill.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, research and law practice, Howard Schiffman currently serves on the Board of Editors of the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy (a Taylor and Francis Publication), is a member of the International Environmental Law, Teaching International Law and Law of the Sea committees of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) and since 1997 has been an active participant in the International Wildlife Law Conference. Dr. Schiffman is a member of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) where he serves on the International Environmental Law and Teaching International Law committees. He is also a member the American Bar Association (ABA) International Law and Practice Section where he serves on the Law of the Sea committee.
Dr. Schiffman regularly contributes to scholarly publications and has published articles on a diversity of international legal issues including the law of the sea, international environmental law and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (list of publications appears below). Aside from participating in conferences and CLE seminars, Dr. Schiffman is frequently consulted by other lawyers who confront a variety of international law issues in their practices. He is particularly committed to educating fellow members of the legal profession about various important aspects of international legal practice. Dr. Schiffman's professional biography was selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Law (2003- ), Who's Who in American Education (2005- ) and Who's Who in America (2006- ).
Publications by Howard S. Schiffman:
- Moving from Single-Species Management to Ecosystem Management in Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, presented at the ABILA International Law Weekend, Oct. 28, 2006, pending publication in ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 13 (2007).
- Encyclopedia of Earth, entry entitled Multilateral Environmental Agreements and Reservations, November 2006.
- Book Review of Natalie Klein, Dispute Settlement in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, Cambridge University Press, 2005, appeared in Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy, Vol. 9, No. 2, Pages 195-197 (2006).
- The Supreme Court Dismisses the Controversial Consular Rights Case: A Blessing in Disguise for International Law Advocates? commentary published on FindLaw.com on June 6, 2005 (co-authored with Louis Klarevas).
- Reservations in Marine Conservation Treaties: Legal Limitations and Practical Observations, presented at the International Law Weekend West, February 5, 2005, published in the Whittier Law Review, Vol. 26, Pages 1003-1024 (2005).
- The Supreme Court Considers the Rights of Foreign Citizens Arrested in the US In A Case That Could Dramatically Affect the Way Americans Are Treated When Arrested Abroad, commentary published on FindLaw.com on March 21, 2005 (co-authored with Louis Klarevas).
- US Membership in UNCLOS: What Effects for the Marine Environment?, presented at the ABILA International Law Weekend Oct. 17, 2004, published in the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 11, No. 2, Pages 477-483 (2005).
- The Precautionary Approach at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea: the Southern Bluefin Tuna Cases, International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, Vol. 5, Nos. 1/2, Pages 78-95 (2005).
- The International Whaling Commission: Challenges from Within and Without, presented at the American Branch of the International Law Association, 2003 International Law Weekend, October 25, 2003, published in the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 10, No. 2, Pages 367-375 (2004).
- The Competence of Pro-Consumptive International Organizations to Regulate Cetacean Resources, Chapter 7 appearing in the book, The Future of Cetaceans in a Changing World, William C.G. Burns and Alexander Gillespie, eds., Transnational Publishers, Pages 159-185 (2003).
- Teaching International Law to Undergraduates and other Non-Legal Audiences: Practical Suggestions for Pedagogical Approaches (available in pdf on the ILSA Journal website), presented at the American Branch of the International Law Association, 2002 International Law Weekend, October 26, 2002, published in the ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law, Vol. 9, No. 2, Pages 321-330 (2003).
- The LaGrand Decision: The Evolving Legal Landscape of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations in U.S. Death Penalty Cases, presented at the symposium, "The Death Penalty and International Human Rights Law," March 15, 2002, sponsored by the Santa Clara Law Review and published in the Santa Clara Law Review, Vol. 42, Issue 4, Pages 1091-1123 (2002).
- Scientific Research Whaling in International Law: Objectives and Objections, presented at the American Branch of the International Law Association, 2001 International Law Weekend, October 26, 2001, published in the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 8, No. 2, Pages 473-485 (2002).
- UNCLOS and Marine Wildlife Disputes: Big Splash or Barely a Ripple?, presented at the Sixth International Wildlife Law Conference, Washington, D.C., March 31, 2001, Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy (Kluwer Law International) Vol. 4, Issue 3, Pages 257-278 (2002).
- International Law Relating to the Protection of the Marine Environment, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (A UNESCO Publication), Oxford, UK (2002).
- Order Cetacea and the International Legal Order, Whalewatcher (American Cetacean Society Magazine), Vol. 33, No. 2, Pages 1-10 (2000).
- Breard and Beyond: Consular Notification and Access Under the Vienna Convention, Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 8, No. 1, Pages 27-60 (2000). (quoted by the Iowa Supreme Court in Ledezma v. State, 626 N.W.2d 134 (Iowa 2001)).
- The Southern Bluefin Tuna Case: ITLOS Hears Its First Fishery Dispute (available in pdf on the JIWLP website), Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy (Kluwer Law International), Vol. 2, Issue 3, Pages 318-333 (1999).
- The Dispute Settlement Mechanism of UNCLOS: A Potentially Important Framework for Marine Wildlife Management (available in pdf on the JIWLP website), Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy (Kluwer Law International), Vol. 1, Issue 2, Pages 293-306 (1998).
- The Protection of Whales in International Law: A Perspective for the Next Century, Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Lead Article in Vol. 22, No. 2, Pages 303-360 (1996).