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Robert Force

The Niels F. Johnsen Chair of Maritime Law and Director Emeritus, Maritime Law Center
BS, 1955, LLB, 1958, Temple University; LLM, 1960, New York University

E-mail:  rforce@tulane.edu
Telephone:  504.865.5947
Office:  Weinmann Hall, Room 255-G



Professor Force clerked for state and federal judges in Pennsylvania, practiced law in Philadelphia, and taught law at Indiana University before coming to Tulane in 1968. He teaches courses in admiralty and criminal law. Professor Force was named special master to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana for a major case involving conditions in the Orleans Parish Prison. His current research activities are largely in the area of admiralty and maritime law, but he has co-authored the Louisiana Code of Evidence as well as numerous articles on maritime law. Professor Force and his colleagues, Professor Yiannopoulos and Professor Davies, have co-authored two coursebooks used in Admiralty I and II. Professor Force has authored two well-known admiralty texts, Force & Norris on The Law of SeamenI (Fifth Edition) and Force & Norris on The Law of Maritime Personal Injuries Fifth Edition).

Professor Force is director emeritus of the Maritime Law Center, of which he was the founding director and holds the only endowed chair in maritime law in the United States. He was Acting Dean from 1977 through 1978. In 2001, Professor Force was honored by the Seamens Church Institute as a maritime law legend and received its Distinguished Maritime Law Award. In 2002, he was honored by the President of Panama, who designated him a member of the Order de Vasco Nunez de Balboa.  A book, Jurisdiction and Forum Selection Clauses in International Maritime Law edited by Professor Martin Davies , contains a series of essays in honor of Professor Force.

Professor Force's CV 

Fall 2014 - Civil Procedure I; Admiralty I

Spring 2015 - International Commercial Arbitration


Martin J. Davies

Admiralty Law Institute Professor of Maritime Law and Director, Maritime Law Center
BA with first class honours, 1978, BCL with first class honours, 1979, MA, 1983, University of Oxford; LLM, 1980, Harvard University 

E-mail:  mdavies@tulane.edu 

Telephone:  504.862.8824
Office:  Weinmann Hall, Room 255-F


Martin Davies is an international authority on admiralty law who has taught in Australia, England, Singapore and Italy as well as the United States.

He joined the Tulane Law School faculty in 2000 after a visiting appointment in 1999. He previously taught at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he was Harrison Moore Professor of Law.

Davies, who has been a professional actor, also has worked as a consultant for maritime law firms for 30 years and is presently engaged by an international law firm with a maritime law practice in many countries. He serves on the Editorial Board of Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly and the Melbourne Journal of International Law. In addition to admiralty, he teaches in the areas of international sale of goods and torts. And he has written (or co-written) books on maritime law, international trade law, international sale of goods and torts.

He received the Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award from the Tulane Law School graduating class in 2003 and 2011. He was chosen for a Tulane University President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012.

Professor Davies' CV 

Fall 2014 - Contracts I; International Sale of Goods 
Spring 2015 - Admiralty II 

A. N. Yiannopoulos

Eason-Weinmann Chair Emeritus, BA, LLB

Diploma in Law, 1950, LLD, 1995, University of Thessaloniki (Greece); MCL, 1954, University of Chicago; LLM, 1955, JSD, 1956, University of California at Berkeley; DrJur, 1960, University of Cologne

E-mail: ayianno@tulane.edu
Telephone: 504.865.5984
Office: Weinmann Hall, Room 355-G


Professor Yiannopoulos is an internationally renowned scholar of civil law, comparative law, and maritime law.  He came to Tulane in 1979.  He has been in charge of the revision of the Louisiana Civil Code as reporter for the Louisiana State Law Institute and has been the editor of West’s Pamphlet Edition of the Louisiana Civil Code since 1980.  He has also authored three volumes of the Louisiana Civil Law Treatise series, now in the fourth edition.  Professor Yiannopoulos has published widely in the fields of civil law, comparative law, conflict of laws, and admiralty.  He has directed the Law School's summer programs in Greece since 1980.  He is currently revising portions of the civil code, collecting materials for an admiralty textbook, and working on the next edition of his property treatise.  His revision of the Civil Code provisions on quasi-contracts became law in 1996, on representation and mandate in 1998, on deposit and sequestration in 2003, and on loan in 2004.  Professor Yiannopoulos is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law (The Hague) and of the American Law Institute.  He retired from the full-time faculty at the end of the 2007-08 academic year, but continues to teach one course each year in his area of expertise.

Spring 2012 - Civil Law Seminar 
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