David W. Robertson

  • W. Page Keeton Chair in Tort Law; University Distinguished Teaching Professor


  • JSD Yale
  • LLM Yale
  • LLB Louisiana State University
  • BA Louisiana State University

Areas of Specialty

One of the nation's leading experts in admiralty law, Professor Robertson's work has been cited many times by the U.S. Supreme Court. He also teaches and writes in the area of tort law. He is the author of the classic Admiralty and Federalism (Foundation, 1970) and co-author of Cases and Materials on Torts (West, 2nd ed., 1998) and co-author of The Maritime Law of the United States (Carolina 2000) and Cases and Materials on Torts (West, 3d ed., 2004). His numerous articles have appeared in Texas Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Modern Law Review, Law Quarterly Review, Tulane Law Review and elsewhere. He is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the Advising Board of Editors of the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce.

Recent Publications

  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 38 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 419 (2014) (with Michael F. Sturley).
  • Vessel Status in Maritime Law: Does Lozman Set a New Course?, 44 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 393 (2013) (with Michael Sturley).
  • Border Wars: Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Benedict's Maritime Bulletin, Vol. 11, No. 1, at 18 (2013).

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Recent Activities

  • Paper Presentation

    May 10, 2007

    Maritime Law Association\'s Annual Meeting

    On May 10th, presented a paper to the Offshore Oil and Gas Operations Committee titled "The Fifth Circuit's Mistaken Views of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act" at Maritime Law Association's annual meeting in New York.

  • Panel Moderator

    May 10, 2007

    N.Y.U. Law School

    On May 10th, moderated a panel discussion on "Admiralty's Greatest Hits" [most notable U.S. Supreme Court decisions] at N.Y.U. Law School. The other panelists were Professors David Bederman, Martin Davies, Michael Sturley, and Joseph Sweeney.

  • Paper Presentation

    March 2, 2007

    Conference on Maritime Personal Injury Law

    On March 2nd, presented a paper titled "How the Supreme Court's New Definition of 'Vessel" is Affecting Seaman Status, Admiralty Jurisdiction, and Other Areas of Maritime Law" at L.S.U. Law Center's Fifth Judge Alvin B. Rubin Conference on Maritime Personal Injury Law.

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