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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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