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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



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 

Fall 2014 - Civil Procedure I; Admiralty I

Spring 2015 - International Commercial Arbitration



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AP, "Oil findings boost chance of corp. criminal charge," Friday, January 7, 2011
Times-Picayune, "Feds establish downtown bunker to build criminal, civil cases against BP, others in Gulf oil spill," Monday, September 27, 2010
New York Times, "Calls to Update Maritime Laws," Monday, July 5, 2010
Times-Picayune, "Splitting the bill for spill is tricky," Monday, May 24, 2010
The Times-Picayune, "Determining who will pay the price for Gulf of Mexico oil spill is complicated process," Saturday, May 22, 2010
Law.com, "Carnival Settles Class Action Over Ill-Fated Millennium Cruise Billy Shields," Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The National Law Journal, "Exxon Valdez Case Brings $2.5B Damages Fight to Supreme Court," September 12, 2007
USA Today, Rework Cruise Lines' Rules for Smoother Sailing. Clilck here.
NPR, All Things Considered, Interview: Robert Force discusses the sinking of the Prestige, and the difficulties of worldwide efforts to convert all tankers to double-hulled vessels, November 19, 2002
Times Picayune, Tulane law professor honored by Panama, November 7, 2002
Associated Press, Port Problems Likely to go to Court, October 9, 2002
Los Angeles Times, Legal Action May Not Help Firms, October 9, 2002
Reuter's, Dole Suit May Spark Litigation Over Ports Closure, October 8, 2002

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