Professor Vernon Palmer, who is a foremost expert on international comparative law, has just co-edited a published volume, Legal Traditions in Louisiana and the Floridas 1763-1848, which explores the origins and influences on early law in the Louisiana and Florida territories and into statehood.
Palmer also contributed a chapter to the book, Sounding the Retreat: The Exit of Spanish Law in Early Louisiana, 1805-1808.
A professor at Tulane for more than 49 years, Palmer has spent much of his career exploring the origins of law, particularly in early Louisiana. His scholarship in researching the de la Vergne Volume -- believed to be one of the founding documents of Louisiana civil law -- recently led to its donation to the law school.
Palmer specializes in comparative law and European and French civil law, has been teaching and researching for 49 years, including extensive work abroad in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and Africa.
In addition to the current volume, Palmer has edited and 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.
More information on his latest book can be found here.