Professor Palmer's primary fields of interest have been the civil law, comparative law, and legal history. His research has focused on the comparative law of obligations, code revision, delictual liability, and third party beneficiary contracts. He is the author of more than forty books and articles. Professor Palmer teaches courses in comparative law, obligations, European legal systems, products liability, and sales and leases. Professor Palmer serves as director of Tulane's Institute of European Legal Studies in Paris and as editor of The Tulane European and Civil Law Forum. He received the Sumter Marks Award in 2000 and 2001 in recognition of his research. In 2005, Professor Palmer received the Provost's Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship at Tulane University.
In 1986-87 and again in 1992-93, he held the Chair of Common Law at the University of Paris (Sorbonne). During the 1998-99 academic year, he was Visiting Professor of Comparative Law at Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, as well as at the University of Trent in Trento, Italy. In 2000, he was visiting professor of comparative law at the University of Lausanne and the University of Geneva, and in 2005 at the University of Fribourg.
Professor Palmer was organizing chair of the First Worldwide Congress on Mixed Jurisdictions, held in New Orleans in November 2002. He was elected President of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists and was elected a titulary member of the International Academy of Comparative Law at the Hague. In 2006, French President Jacques Chirac announced that Professor Palmer would be knighted as a "chevalier" in the French Legion of Honor. The Legion of Honor, which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, is the highest civilian award conferred by the French government and recognizes individuals for "eminent services" rendered to France.
Fall 2012 - Mixed Jurisdictions Seminar; Comparative Law: European Legal Systems
Spring 2013 - Obligations I; European Legal History
Other courses - Obligations II; Products Liability