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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

 
 

Biography:

Robert Force is an internationally known authority on admiralty and criminal law who was a co-reporter for the Louisiana Code of Evidence and has written multiple articles and books on maritime law.

Force, now director emeritus of the Maritime Law Center at Tulane, was its founding director, and he holds the only endowed chair in maritime law in the United States. He taught at Temple and Indiana law schools before joining the Tulane Law faculty in 1969. He served as Tulane’s acting dean in 1977-78.

Earlier in his career, because of his criminal law expertise, he was named special master to the U.S. District Court for a major case involving Orleans Parish prison conditions. He has co-authored two landmark texts, “The Law of Seamen” and “The Law of Maritime Personal Injuries,” both now in their fifth edition. He also prepared a monograph on Admiralty and Maritime Law for federal judges at the invitation of the Federal Judicial Center. And his international work includes helping to write the maritime codes for Panama and China.

The Seamen’s Church Institute in 2001 named Force a maritime law legend. The President of Panama in 2002 designated him a member of the Order de Vasco Nunez de Balboa. And a book, “Jurisdiction and Forum Selection Clauses in International Maritime Law,” contains a series of essays honoring Force.

He received the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s 2014 Distinguished Professor Award. 

Professor Force's CV 

Courses:
Fall 2014 - Civil Procedure I; Admiralty I
Spring 2015 - International Commercial Arbitration 

 
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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

 
 

Biography:
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 

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

 
 

Biography:
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.

Courses: 
Spring 2012 - Civil Law Seminar 
 
 
 
 
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