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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:

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 

Courses:
Fall 2014 - Civil Procedure I; Admiralty I

Spring 2015 - International Commercial Arbitration

 


 
Books and Book Chapters
HANDBOOK ON LOUISIANA EVIDENCE LAW (with G. Pugh, G. Rault, and K. Triche) (West Publishing Co. 2001 ed.) (other editions include 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, & 2000) (2001)
Overlapping Insurance Coverages, in Volume I, MARINE INSURANCE AT THE TURN OF THE MILLENIUM 223-261 (M. Huybrechts ed., Intersentia) (1999)
A Comparison of the U.S. Carriage of Goods by Sea Act – Present Text and Proposed Changes – and the Hamburg Rules, in NEW CARRIAGE OF GOODS BY SEA: THE NORDIC APPROACH INCLUDING COMPARISONS WITH SOME OTHER JURISDICTIONS 371-420 (H. Honka ed.) (1997)
U.S. Tort Law Problems (Ch. 8), in U.S. SHIPPING POLICIES AND THE WORLD MARKET (W. Lovett ed.) (1996)
HALL'S CRIMINAL LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (with J. Baker, D. Benson and B. J. George) (Michie 5th ed.) (1993)
Insurance and Liability for Pollution in the United States, in TRANSNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY AND INSURANCE (R. Koerner ed., Graham & Trotman) (1993)
INTRODUCTION TO LAW (with D.J. Baum, contributing co-author, J. Elting) (1988)
LOUISIANA CODE OF EVIDENCE, ACT NO. 515 (Co-Draftsman with G. Pugh and G. Rault) (1988)
LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN HUMAN RESEARCH AND TREATMENT: PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGIC CONSIDERATIONS (Co-edited with D. Gallant, M.D.) (1978)
POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY: HANDLING COMPLAINTS OF POLICE MISCONDUCT (with C. Williams) (1978)
A STATEMENT OR PRINCIPLES OF ETHICAL CONDUCT IN NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOLOGIC RESEARCH IN HUMAN SUBJECTS FOR THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (Co﷓draftsman with Gallant & Chayet) (1978)
Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Psychopharmacologic Research and Treatment (with D. Gallant), in PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY: A GENERATION IN PROGRESS 1﷓6 (Raven Press) (Republication)
United States Transport Law, in INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF LAWS (Manuscript accepted for publication, forthcoming)
CASES AND MATERIALS ON CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (unpublished 1979)

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