October 28, 2011
Tulane Law School Professor Vernon V. Palmer
Tulane University Law School Professor Vernon Valentine Palmer (LLB ’65), Thomas Pickles Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Eason Weinmann Center, has been asked by the faculty of Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center to deliver the 36th John H. Tucker Jr. Lecture in Civil Law. The 1965 graduate of Tulane Law School, who proudly accepted the prestigious invitation, has entitled this year’s lecture, “The Quest to Implant Civil Law Method and Restrain Judicial Lawmaking: Tracing the Origins of Judicial Methodology in Louisiana.”
"This is an outstanding recognition of Professor Palmer’s preeminence in the field of civil law," said Tulane Law School Dean David Meyer. "His innovative scholarship and leadership is legendary."
The lecture will take place Thursday, November 17, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in the LSU Law Center’s McKernan Auditorium (Room W200, 1 E. Campus Dr., Baton Rouge, La. 70803). A reception will follow in the Tucker Room.
is internationally renowned for his contributions to the field of comparative law. In 1994, he was named Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French prime minister, and in 2006, in recognition of his services to France, President Chirac made him a Chevalier in La Legion d'Honneur. He is also a titular life member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. His scholarly works now include more than 12 books and 50 articles, much of it emphasizing the value of comparative law as a means of understanding the interaction between common law and civil law in world legal systems. His ground-breaking study Mixed Jurisdictions Worldwide (Cambridge Univ. Press) is the leading work in its field and his comparative treatises on strict liability and pure economic loss, written for the Common Core Project, have been widely acclaimed.
Prof. Palmer has held faculty appointments in various capitals around the world, including La Sorbonne in Paris and universities in Strasbourg, Lausanne, Martinique, Barcelona, Trento, Geneva, Fribourg, Hamburg and this coming year in Tokyo.
Palmer graduated from the Tulane Law School with law review honors, and received a Masters in Law from Yale and his Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University (Pembroke College).
The Tucker Lecture Series is given in recognition of Colonel John H. Tucker Jr.’s civil law scholarship and in appreciation of his long career dedicated to law reform. Col. Tucker was one of Louisiana’s foremost legal scholars and distinguished citizens. He served the bar of Louisiana with great ability for many years, both through the bar association and as chairman of the Louisiana State Law Institute. His writings in legal periodicals did much to illuminate the history and present-day viability of our civilian system. Tucker wrote that the civil law “produced and developed by the learning, philosophy, and character of great jurists and scholars,” is built upon foundations that are “indestructible because its precepts are moral and equitable.” He also noted that “the civil law that commenced with the Twelve Tables in Rome and reached its apogee in the Code Napoleon...is a valid and pervasive force in a great part of the modern world.”
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