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Vernon Valentine Palmer

The Thomas Pickles Chair; Co-Director, Eason Weinmann Center for Comparative Law; and Director, European Legal Studies Program
BA, 1962, LLB, 1965, Tulane University; LLM, 1966, Yale University; DPhil, 1985, Pembroke College, Oxford University

E-mail:  vpalmer@tulane.edu
Telephone:  504.865.5978
Office:  Weinmann Hall, Room 216-C

Vernon Valentine Palmer, who specializes in comparative law and European and French civil law, has been teaching and researching since 1970, including extensive work abroad in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and Africa.

In recognition of his contributions to the field of comparative law, Paris-Dauphine University conferred upon him the title Docteur Honoris Causa in 2012. In 2006, then-French President Jacques Chirac knighted Palmer as a “chevalier” in the French Legion of Honor, the country’s highest civilian award, recognizing his work to build stronger ties between the United States and France. Earlier in his career Palmer received from the French Prime Minister the Palmes Académiques.

Palmer has written more than 40 books and articles, focusing his research on the comparative law of obligations, code revision, delictual liability and third-party beneficiary contracts. He is the author of Through the Codes Darkly: Slave Law and Civil Law in Louisiana (The Lawbook Exchange 2012) and editor of Mixed Jurisdictions Worldwide (Cambridge University Press 2nd edition 2012), the leading text in the field.

He has has been a member of Tulane’s faculty since 1970. He received the Sumter Marks Award in 2000 and 2001 in recognition of his research. And in 2005, he received the Tulane University Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship. In 1986-87 and 1992-93, Palmer held the Chair of Common Law at the University of Paris (Sorbonne), and has been a Visiting Professor of Comparative Law at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg; the Ramon Llull University in Barcelona; the University of Trent in Trento, Italy; the University of Lausanne; the University of Geneva; and the University of Fribourg.

He was organizing chair of the First Worldwide Congress on Mixed Jurisdictions, held in New Orleans in 2002, and is the founder and President of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists. In 2003, he was elected a titulary member of the International Academy of Comparative Law at the Hague. 

Fall 2016 - Obligations II
Spring 2017 - Law in Global Perspectives

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Two Rival Theories of Mixed Legal Systems, ELECTRONIC JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW 12.1 (May 2008), also in 4 THE JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW (London 2008)
The Louisiana Supreme Court in Question: An Empirical and Statistical Study of the Effects of Campaign Money on the Judicial Function, 82 TUL. L. REV. 1291 (2008) (with John Levendis)
Mixed Legal Systems...and the Myth of Pure Laws, 67 LA. L. REV. 1205 (2007)
The Comparative Law and Economics of Pure Economic Loss, 27 INT'L REV. L. & ECON. 29 (2007)
The Customs of Slavery: The War Without Arms, 48 AM. J. LEGAL HIST. 177 (2006)
Professor Shael Herman, 21 TUL. EURO. CIV. L. F. 1 (2006)
Translation from French to English of Guy Canivet's The Practice of Comparative Law by the Supreme Courts, published in 80 TUL. L. REV 1377 (2006)
Insularity and Leadership in American Comparative Law: The Past One Hundred Years, 75 TUL. L. REV. 1093 (2001)
The Fate of the General Clause in a Cross-Cultural Setting: The Tort Experience of Louisiana, 46 LOY. L. REV. 535 (2000)
“May God Protect us from the Equity of Parlements.” Comparative Reflections on English and French Equity and Power, 73 TUL. L. REV. 1287 (1999)
From Embrace to Banishment: A Study of Judicial Equity in France, 47 AM. J. COMP. L. 277 (1999)
The Origins and Authors of the Code Noir, 56 LA. L. REV. 1; and REVUE INT'L DE DROIT COMPARÉ 1-1998, pp. 112-140 (1995)
The Many Guises of Equity in a Mixed Jurisdiction: A Functional View of Equity in Louisiana, 69 TUL. L. REV. 7 (1994)
The Style of Legislation in the United States: Narrative Norms and Constraining Norms, 42 AM. J. COMP. L. (SUPP.) 15 (1994)
L'Enseignement du Droit National aux Étudiants Étrangers: L'Expérience de Tulane, 45 REV. INT. DROIT COMP. 63 (1993)
Celebrating the Québec Codification Agreement: A Louisiana Perspective, 38 LOY. L. REV. 311; also in CONFÉRENCES SUR LE NOUVEAU CODE CIVIL DU QUÉBEC: DOCUMENTS CONNEXES (Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies) (1992)
A Comparative Study (From a Common Law Perspective) of the French Action for Wrongful Interference With Contract, 40 AM. J. COMP. L. 297 (1992)
Tortious Interference with Contract at French Law: An Excursion Along a Road Not Taken, 6/7 TUL. CIV. L. F. 131 (1991-1992)
The History of Privity - The Formative Period (1500-1680), 33 AM. J. LEG. HIST. 3 (1989)
Revision of the Code or Regression to a Digest? A Rejoinder to Professor Cueto-Rua, 84 TUL. L.REV. 177 (1989)
The Death of a Code - The Birth of a Digest, 63 TUL. L. REV. 221 (1988)
General Theory of the Inner Structure of Strict Liability B Common Law, Civil Law, Comparative Law, 62 TUL. L. REV. 1303; reprinted in 12 J. OF PROD. LIAB. 257 (1989)
Rapport Louisianais, in l'Effectivité des Décisions de Justice, 37 TRAVAUX DE L'ASSOC. HENRI CAPITANT 633 (1988)
Common Lawyers as Civilian Intermediaries: The Influence of Roman Law and Civil Law in England and the United States, 7 TUL. LAWYER 40 (1986)
Why Privity Entered Tort - An Historical Reexamination of Winterbottom v. Wright, 27 AMER. J. LEGAL HIST. 85 (1983)
In Quest of a Strict Liability Standard under the Code, 56 TUL. L. REV. 1317 (1982)
Contractual Negligence in the Civil Law - The Evolution of a Defense to Actions for Error, 50 TUL. L. REV. 1 (1975)
A Review of the Louisiana Law on Potestative Conditions (with Plauche), 47 TUL. L. REV. 284 (1973)
Symposium on Incapacity, 47 TUL. L. REV. 1085 (1973)
The Misinterpretation of Article 1801, 46 TUL. L. REV. 859 (1972)
Absolute Emancipation, 85 S. AFRICAN L. J. 24 (1968)
Liability for Pure Economic Loss in Europe: An Economic Restatement (with Bussani and Parisi)__ AM. J. COMP. L. __ (forthcoming)
The Residential Lease in the Civil Law - A Consideration in Social Context, 4 TUL. CIV. L. F. 3
Trois Principes de la Responsabilité sans Faute, 1987 REV. INT'L DE DROIT COMPARÉ 825

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