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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 

 


 
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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