Michael F. Sturley

  • Fannie Coplin Regents Chair


  • JD Yale
  • BA Yale

An expert in admiralty law and Supreme Court practice, Professor Sturley clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell and practiced with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City before joining the faculty in 1984. He teaches and writes in the areas of admiralty, property, and commercial law (especially payment systems), and he directs the Supreme Court Clinic. He is the author of The Legislative History of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and the Travaux Préparatoires of the Hague Rules (Rothman, 1990), a co-author of Admiralty and Maritime Law in the United States, and the author of many articles on admiralty law.

Recent Publications

  • Unit Limitation Under the Rotterdam Rules and Prior Transport Law Conventions: The Tail That Wags the Dog, in Current Issues in Hong Kong and International Maritime Law, 93 (Hong Kong Centre for Maritime and Transportation Law, City University of Hong Kong, 2015).
  • Removal Into Admiralty: The Removal of State-Court Maritime Cases to Federal Court, 46 Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce 105 (2015).
  • The Rotterdam Rules – A Brief Introduction, in Talks on the Rotterdam Rules, 1 (Johan Schelin, Maritime Law Institute, 2014).

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Recent Activities

  • Paper Presentation

    September 28, 2007

    CLE\'s 16th Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

    On September 28, delivered a paper titled Inland Damage to Ocean Cargo: When Do the Maritime Rules Apply? to CLE's 16th Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference in Houston. In addition, Sturley and David Robertson delivered their paper, Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.

  • Meeting Attendance

    September 11, 2007

    UNCITRAL Working Group III Delegation Meeting

    On September 11, attended a meeting in Washington DC of the United States delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group III (Transport Law), which is negotiating the new multilateral treaty designed to unify the core elements of international maritime transport law. Sturley is the senior advisor on the U.S. delegation.

  • Experts\' Group Meeting

    August 20, 2007 – August 23, 2007

    UNCITRAL Secretariat

    August 20-23, participated in an Experts' Group Meeting convened by the UNCITRAL Secretariat. He was one of nine experts from around the world invited to help finalize the draft of a new multilateral treaty designed to unify the core elements of international maritime transport law. The Experts' Group Meeting was held at UNCITRAL's Vienna headquarters.

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