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Maritime Law Research Guide

This guide is intended as a starting point for research in maritime and admiralty law at Georgetown Law Library. Contents of this guide include sources for primary and secondary law, in both print and electronic formats, as well as relevant government age

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Books & Treatises

In addition to the treatises listed above, you may also find the following sources useful:

Robert Force, Admiralty and Maritime Law (2004), KF1104 .F67 2004 and Westlaw(most current)

  • This volume published by the Federal Judicial Center is intended to introduce lawyers and judges to the area of maritime and admiralty law; it covers major statutes, including the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act, the Pomerene Act, the Harter Act, the Jones Act, and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act

Grant Gilmore & Charles Black, The Law of Admiralty (1975)KF1104 .G47

  • Although Gilmore and Black has not been updated since 1975, it is still one of the leading treatises on the subject of maritime law

Roy S. Lee & Moritaka Hayashi, New Directions in the Law of the Sea: Regional and National Developments (1995)KZA1145 .N483 1995 and Westlaw (most current)

  • A guide to the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea at the regional and national levels; covers maritime laws and regulations addressing issues such as piracy, fishing, shipping, navigation, environmental protection, and boundaries

Academic Journals and Bibliographies

There are a few journals devoted to maritime law issues:

From 2003 to 2009, the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce published an annual annotated bibliography of maritime articles published in non-maritime journals.

  • H. Kumar Percy Jayasuriya & Melanie Oberlin, Admiralty and Maritime Law Articles Published in Non-Maritime Law Journals (2008), 40 J. Mar. L. & Com. 149-184 (2009).
  • H. Kumar Percy Jayasuriya & Melanie Oberlin, Admiralty and Maritime Law Articles Published in Non-Maritime Law Journals (2007), 39 J. Mar. L. & Com. 229-273 (2008).
  • H. Kumar Percy Jayasuriya & Melanie Oberlin, Admiralty and Maritime Law Articles Published in Non-Maritime Law Journals (2006), 38 J. Mar. L. & Com. 229-258 (2007).
  • H. Kumar Percy Jayasuriya & Melanie Oberlin, Admiralty and Maritime Law Articles Published in Non-Maritime Law Journals (2005), 37 J. Mar. L. & Com. 589-614 (2006).
  • H. Kumar Percy Jayasuriya, Admiralty and Maritime Law Articles Published in Non-Maritime Law Journals (2004), 36 J. Mar. L. & Com. 405-423 (2005).
  • H. Kumar Percy Jayasuriya, Admiralty and Maritime Law Articles Published in Non-Maritime Law Journals (2003), 35 J. Mar. L. & Com. 405-429 (2004).
  • H. Kumar Percy Jayasuriya, Admiralty and Maritime Law Articles Published in Non-Maritime Law Journals (2002), 34 J. Mar. L. & Com. 511-526 (2003).

News & Current Awareness

Benedict's Maritime Bulletin: quarterly serial focused on the maritime law field; includes articles on current topics, legislation, and decisions of interest - available on Lexis > Browse Sources > Search Sources > Benedict's Maritime Bulletin

The Maritime Executive: digital version of a business journal focused on maritime news, jobs, events, and industry analysis

Admiralty and Maritime Law Blogs

Study Aids

Frank L. Maraist et al., Admiralty in a Nutshell (6th ed. 2010)KF1105 .M34 2010

  • Offers a concise overview of admiralty law