U.S. Admiralty & Maritime Law: Research Basics
- Updated February 23, 2015.
Prepared by Ann Hemmens for Admiralty & Maritime Law A585, Professor Nancy Harriss; updated by Lori Fossum for Admiralty & Maritime Law A585, Winter 2010, Professor Craig Allen; updated by Paul Riermaier, law librarianship intern (2015).
U.S. admiralty and maritime law is the body of law relating to navigation or commerce on navigable waters in the United States. Common topics include the formation and interpretation of contracts, tort claims, and workers' compensation claims.
This guide identifies other general research guides, glossaries of maritime terms, sources of admiralty and maritime cases and information on jury verdicts, U.S. admiralty and maritime associations, and selected websites.
See these companion Gallagher guides for more in depth information on researching specific aspects of U.S. admiralty and maritime law:
- U.S. Admiralty & Maritime Law: Secondary Sources
- U.S. Admiralty & Maritime Law: Federal Laws & Administrative Material
- Admiralty & Maritime Law: International Sources
Sarah K. Wiant, Admiralty and Maritime Law, chapter 7 in Specialized Legal Research (Updated 2013).
KF240.S63 2014 at Reference Office
Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute, Admiralty
Georgetown Law Library, Maritime Law
Westlaw's Admiralty and Maritime Specialist's Multibase, MRT-Specialist, rather than a research guide this a collection of admiralty and maritime materials available on Westlaw including, treatises, forms, journals, federal materials and international materials.
Glossary of Maritime Law Terms (2d ed. 2004), by William Tetley at McGill Law School
U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Glossary of Shipping Terms 2008
American Maritime Cases (1923-date , monthly).
KF1100 .A2 A4 at Compact Stacks & Lexis
Unofficial reporter of U.S. federal and state cases, select arbitration decisions, and select Canadian cases. Includes 5-year digests.
See also the Gallagher guide on Jury Verdicts, Settlements, Judgments & Liens.
The Tulane Maritime Law Journal publishes a “Survey of admiralty personal injury awards.”
Online access to the individual surveys via Westlaw:
- 37 Tul. Mar. L.J. 669
- 35 Tul. Mar. L.J. 671
- 33 Tul. Mar. L.J. 603
- 31 Tul. Mar. L.J. 697
- 29 Tul. Mar. L.J. 511
- 27 Tul. Mar. L.J. 671
- 23 Tul. Mar. L.J. 609
- 21 Tul. Mar. L.J. 645
- 17 Tul. Mar. L.J. 377
- 15 Tul. Mar. L.J. 319
- 13 Tul. Mar. L.J. 237
Westlaw: Admiralty & Maritime Jury Verdicts & Settlements
Contains "[j]ury verdict, judgment, settlement and arbitration summaries from U.S. state and federal court cases related to maritime commerce, navigation and navigable waters."
Tip: When searching in this database, use a SUMMARY field search to restrict your search to a particular type of injury. For example, use the search terms within the brackets [su,inj("Jones Act")] to retrieve documents dealing with injuries under the Jones Act.
Maritime Law Association of the United States
"Through its Committees, the MLA keeps abreast of federal and state judicial decisions, legislation and regulations in the maritime area."
Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
The Committee provides committee members with electronic access to its newsletter.
Admiraltylaw.com (regularly updated)
"This site is about Canadian maritime law, shipping law, marine law, fisheries law, the law of marine insurance and the law of the sea, ships and shipping."