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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 

 


 
Other
The General Maritime Law and the Mission of the Maritime Law Association of the United States in Special Proceedings of the Centennial Meeting – May 7, 1999, Maritime Law Association of the United States, Doc. No. 746, pp. 11941-11949 (1999)
Prepared draft of article for the LOUISIANA CODE OF EVIDENCE on presumptions and burden of proof in criminal cases (1994)
The Inadequacy Of Drinking-Driving Laws: A Lawyer's Views, paper delivered by invitation, Melbourne, Australia, 1977. PROCEEDINGS OF THE SEVENTH INT'L CONF. ON ALCOHOL, DRUG, AND TRAFFIC SAFETY 438﷓453 (Australian Gov. Pub. Serv.) (1979)
POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY: HANDLING COMPLAINTS OF POLICE MISCONDUCT (with Carolyn Williams, Ph.D.) (Institute for Government Studies, Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1978)
A Study of the Louisiana Court System (Ch.5-B), CRIMINAL CASE PROCESSING 87-148 (The Institute of Judicial Administration, March 1972)
Disorderly Conduct Ordinances-Preventive and Palliative, REPORT ON URBAN VIOLENCE PROBLEMS 47 (NIMLO Seminar 1970)
INSANITY PROCEDURES UNDER FEDERAL LAW, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY UNIT IN LAW AND PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH SERIES (1965), Fitness to Proceed under Federal Law, 20-120. (1965)
LEGAL PROBLEMS IN CIVIL COMMITMENT, WORKSHOP FOR SOCIAL WORKER IN STATE INSTITUTIONS - The Basis of Admission

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