Bert B. Lockwood is a graduate of St. Lawrence University (B.A.), Syracuse University College of Law (J.D.), and the University of Virginia Law School (LL.M. with a specialization in International Law). He was Assistant Director and Senior Fellow of the NYU Center of International Studies, Program Director of the World Peace Through Law Center, and Associate Dean of the Washington College of Law at American University. In 1978, he co-founded the International Human Rights Law Group in Washington, DC. (now Global Rights).
Since 1979, Professor Lockwood has served as the Director of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he is also a professor of law. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Human Rights Quarterly, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press since 1982. In 1988, he became Series Editor of the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights, a book series published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
He has undertaken a number of human rights missions, including as an election observer in the 1994 South African elections. He has also been a speaker for the United States Information Agency and the US Department of State. He received a Human Rights Award from Franciscans International. In 1999, the University of Cincinnati awarded Professor Lockwood the Distinguished Service Professorship, an appointment given only three times in the history of the University. Lockwood was the inaugural recipient of the Irving and Selma Harris Scholarship award.
Professor Lockwood was a Visiting Professor at the University of Essex in Colchester in 1994 and 2002.