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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

 


 
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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