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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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Government Resources

Federal Maritime Commission

House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation

  • Governs U.S. commerce, science & transportation

Maritime Administration - Department of Transportation

  • MARAD programs promote the development and maintenance of an adequate, well-balanced United States merchant marine, sufficient to carry the Nation's domestic waterborne commerce and a substantial portion of its waterborne foreign commerce, and capable of service as a naval and military auxiliary in time of war or national emergency; seeks to ensure that the United States maintains adequate shipbuilding and repair services, efficient ports, effective intermodal water and land transportation systems, and reserve shipping capacity for use in time of national emergency

U.S. Coast Guard

  • The United States Coast Guard is a military, multimission, maritime service within the Department of Transportation and one of the nation's five armed services; its core roles are to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic and security interests in any maritime region in which those interests may be at risk, including international waters and America's coasts, ports, and inland waterways

Associations and Organizations

Maritime Law Association of the United States

  • Professional organization concerned with improvements in the maritime law; membership consists of lawyers involved in maritime matters, judges active in matters involving admiralty issues, admiralty law professors, and non-lawyers who are selected because they hold responsible positions in the maritime field and have rendered distinguished service in the advancement of maritime law or its administration
  • Publications Library contains: Amicus Briefs; Articles & Speeches; Board Minutes; Committee Agenda; Minutes & Materials; Committee Reports & Newsletters; Forms for Membership; Directory Updates; Meeting Information; MLA Administrative Guides; Position Papers; President's Newsletters; Resolutions; Seminar Papers and Materials; Transcripts of Meetings

Society of Maritime Arbitrators

  • Nonprofit organization with mission to educate maritime industry and general public about alternative dispute resolution procedures and encourage the use of ADR in the industry
  • Provides access to arbitration, mediation, and salvage rules, model documents and clauses, and the archives of The Arbitrator, a quarterly newsletter about recent developments in the field

ABA General Committee: Admiralty & Maritime Law

  • This ABA Committee is focused on providing programming and events geared towards attorneys practicing in the area of Admiralty and Maritime Law