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Courses will be held Monday through Friday mornings at the Sheraton Hotel. Each course will have 13 meetings for 55 minutes. Exams will be held on Friday, June 14 during the regularly scheduled course time. Exams will be one hour, anonymously graded, written examinations, subject to the provisions imposed by the Tulane University Law School Honor Code. Students should not plan to depart from Rhodes until the afternoon of June 14 as exams cannot be rescheduled. Students may earn a maximum of four credit hours in the three week session. The Sheraton facilities are accessible to students with disabilities. All courses will be taught in English. 

Course Descriptions

International Conventions and Maritime Law, Prof. Davies (one credit) 

 There are many international conventions (multilateral treaties) that govern aspects of maritime law. As a consequence, there is considerable international uniformity of the principles governing maritime law disputes. However, some conventions are amended by subsequent protocols, which are not uniformly adopted by the countries that adopted the original conventions. The United States is party to some, but not all of the international conventions, having chosen to follow its own path with domestic legislation on such matters as oil pollution and limitation of liability. Differences between versions of international conventions create the possibility of forum shopping by claimants or defendants seeking the most favorable country for their dispute to be heard. This course will consider the most important international conventions on maritime law (in outline), the differences (where they exist) between U.S. domestic maritime law and the international conventions, and some of the forum shopping techniques commonly used.

Maritime Personal Injury, Judge deGravelles (one credit) 

Comparative analysis of laws governing maritime torts with emphasis on seamen's remedies for personal injuries and death. The course covers the three main seamen's remedies: maintenance and cure, unseaworthiness and the Jones Act. In addition, attention is given to the tort remedies of those covered under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act as well as the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and of non-workers. Maritime jurisdiction, conflicts of laws and the rights of foreign seamen in American courts are also addressed.

The Edge of the Financial Abyss: Greece and Argentina, Prof. Wessman (one credit)

When sovereign states incur excessive debt and fall into financial crisis, there is no legal mechanism (comparable, e.g., to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code) for adjusting the rights and liabilities of the various stakeholders. Some combination of negotiation, contract modification, legislation, intervention by international organizations, and simple leverage must substitute for a formal legal regime. This course explores the techniques employed in two relativeley recent financial crises, those in Greece and Argentina.

Maritime Arbitration, Prof. Robert Force and Prof. Joshua Force (one credit)  

Arbitration is a form of private, consensual, dispute resolution that is widely used in international commercial disputes of all kinds. It is an important part of maritime dispute resolution, particularly in relation to charterparty disputes (i.e. disputes about contracts for the use of trading ships). This course introduces students to some of the legal questions associated with arbitration, including: the scope of the arbitration agreement and the limits of the arbitrators’ powers; enforcement of arbitral awards; the very limited scope for review of arbitrators’ decisions by courts; and the use of the traditional admiralty procedures of arrest and attachment as a means of getting security for a claimant’s claim. The course stresses the intrinsically international nature of maritime arbitration, with particular reference to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards 1958 (the New York Convention), which provides a mechanism for enforcement of arbitral awards in any of the 167 countries that are party to it.

Introduction to the Law of the Sea, Prof. Handl (one credit)

This course reviews the public order of the oceans, i.e., the basic principles of international law, both customary and treaty-based, that apply to maritime spaces, such as the high seas, continental shelf, seabed and ocean floor. It analyzes the allocation of jurisdictional powers among individual states and the international community at large over the various maritime zones involved; the use and management of ocean resources, including fisheries and seabed mineral resources; marine environmental protection and pollution control; military uses of the oceans and navigational safety. [ return to top ]

Course Materials

Prior to departure for Rhodes, students will be provided with a free electronic version of all materials used in the courses. If students prefer printed copies from which to study, they are encouraged to print materials before leaving the United States and bring them (or mail them) to the hotel in Rhodes. Printed copies will NOT be available upon arrival in Rhodes.  

Class Schedule
8:00 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. Introduction to the Law of the Sea  (Prof. Handl)
9:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m Maritime Personal Injury (Prof. deGravelles)
10:00 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. International Conventions & Maritime Law (Prof. Davies)
11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m Marine Arbitration (Prof. Robert Force and Prof. Joshua Force)
12:00 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. The Edge of the Financial Abyss: Greece and Argentina (Prof. Wessman)  
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