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Prof. William Tetley endows Tulane Maritime Law Lecture named in his honor in 1999

April 07, 2011

Tulane University Law School is honored to announce a gift of $75,000 by Professor William “Bill” Tetley, C.M., Q.C. Prof. Tetley’s gift will be used to endow the annual William Tetley Maritime Law Lecture at Tulane, supporting the expenses of the lecture in perpetuity.

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Professor William Tetley receives the F.R. Scott Award for Distinguished Contribution (McGill University, 2007)

A longtime supporter of Tulane Law School, Bill Tetley is a professor at McGill University, a leading figure in maritime law, and a frequent visitor to Tulane through the years. Speaking on behalf of the law school, Dean David Meyer said Prof. Tetley’s generosity deeply touched the law community.


“Prof. Tetley has been a dear friend of Tulane law for many years and is held in the highest esteem by his friends and colleagues here,” Dean Meyer stated. “This endowment gift in support of the William Tetley Lecture will ensure that future generations of Tulane students and faculty continue to be touched by his wise and generous spirit.”


A mainstay of the school’s admiralty program, Prof. Tetley is credited for teaching a mini-course at Tulane for 14 consecutive years, then visiting to give seminars to law students about recent developments in international maritime law.
Tulane Admiralty Law Institute Professor of Maritime Law Martin Davies, who also serves as director of Tulane’s Maritime Law Center, underlined his admiration and respect for the esteemed donor. “He is justly regarded as one of the leading maritime lawyers of his generation,” said Davies. “He is known throughout the world.”
Accordingly, in 1999, the Maritime Law Center established the William Tetley Lecture in Maritime Law. As Davies recalls, “We instituted the lecture series that bears his name to honor his great contribution to the law school.” In addition to his impact on scholarship, the lecture was established to honor Prof. Tetley for his distinguished service to the law school’s maritime program and to the international maritime community.
In recent correspondence to secure the endowment, Tetley paid homage to the lecture.
“I have been honored for many years by the annual William Tetley Maritime Law Lecture,” he wrote. “I have also been honored to be a lecturer at Tulane Law School for years and was especially overcome when Tulane named the lecture series after me a few years ago.”

William and Rosslyn Tetley in their home for 53 years in Montreal, May, 2008. (Gabriella Goldberg, Journal de Mont-Royal)


Prof. Tetley, unable to attend the two most recent lectures in person, says he is hopeful that the health of both he and his wife will be good enough to be present in 2012.


About William "Bill" Tetley, C.M., Q.C.

William Tetley is a lawyer and professor of law at McGill University in Montreal. Formerly, he was the visiting professor of Maritime and Commercial Law at Tulane, among others, and a member of the National Assembly of Quebec and Cabinet Minister.  


He is the author of several publications including  Marine Cargo Claims, 1966, 1978, 1988 & 2008; Maritime Liens and Claims, 1984 & 1998; International Conflict of Laws, 1994; International Maritime and Admiralty Law, 2003; the Glossary of Maritime Law Terms, 2 Ed., 2004; and The October Crisis, 1970: An Insider’s View, 2006.


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