Charles H. Norchi

Charles Norchi teaches and writes at the hub of Maine Law’s efforts to expand relationships around the world. He directs the Center for Oceans and Coastal Law, as well as the LL.M. Program launched by the Law School in 2012.

A former research fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Professor Norchi teaches Public International Law, Marine Law and Comparative Law as well as advanced seminars in those fields. His research projects are in the areas of Law and Nation-building, International Maritime Boundary Delimitation, and Maritime Port Law. He manages comparative marine law projects with the Center for Maritime and Ocean Law at the University of Nantes, France through the Maine Law School French Law program; with the Hong Kong Centre for Maritime Law and Transport; and with the International Maritime Law Institute in Malta. Professor Norchi serves as Treasurer of the Admiralty and Maritime Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools; Fellow of the Explorers Club; and as a Member of the Prize Committee of the Society of Policy Scientists.

Professor Norchi has consulted in more than two dozen countries, primarily on behalf of International Organizations and United Nations agencies. He has extensive experience in Afghanistan, which he first visited as a war correspondent in the 1980s, and has recently worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Selected Publications:

PIRACY IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE: PROBLEMS, STRATEGIES, LAW (A. Pedone & Hart 2012) (edited with Gwenaelle Proutiere-Maulion). [Pedone]

Piracy and the Public Order of the Oceans, in Piracy in Comparative Perspective: Problems, Strategies, Law (Charles Norchi &Gwenaelle Proutiere-Maulion eds., A. Pedone & Hart 2012). [Pedone]

China and the Public Order of the Oceans, 17 OCEAN & COASTAL L.J. 197 (2012). [PDF]

Introduction: The Deep Sea Horizon Incident, 16 OCEAN & COASTAL L.J. .245 (2011). [PDF]

Additional Publications

Introduction: The Gulf of Maine Judgment at Twenty-Five, 15 OCEAN & COASTAL L.J. 177 (2010). [PDF]

Fixing a Fractured State: A Jurisprudence for a Free Society, 18 Asia Pac. L. Rev. 95 (2010). [PDF]

Culture and Law on the Durand Line: Continuity and Change, in CULTURAL CHANGE AND PERSISTENCE: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON DEVELOPMENT(William L. Asher & Jay M. Heffron eds., 2010).

When International Law Was Made in Maine: The Gulf of Maine Judgment at 25 Years, 10 Me. B.J. 16 (2010).

Malta, Maine and Beyond: Trends in the Theory and Practice of Maritime Boundary Delimitation, in SERVING THE RULE OF INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW: ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF PROFESSOR DAVID JOSEPH ATTARD (Norman L. Martinez Gutieerez ed., 2010). [Routledge]

Penser Sous l’Etat: Retour Philosophique sur le “Nation-Building,” TOME 52 ARCHIVES DE DROIT DU PHILOSOPHIE (2009).

The Public Order of Ports, 14 OCEAN & COASTAL L.J. 155 (2009). [PDF]

Nation-Building: A Legal Architecture?, 60ME. L. REV. 281 (2008). [PDF]

Freedom and Servitude in the Public Order of the Oceans. A Review of Navigational Servitudes: Sources, Applications and Paradigms, 13 OCEAN & COASTAL L.J. 369 (2008). [PDF]

From Real Estate to Nation-State: Who Will Lead Afghanistan?, 53 DISSENT 24 (2006).

AFGHANISTAN: CROSSLINES ESSENTIAL FIELD GUIDES TO HUMANITARIAN AND CONFLICT ZONES (2004, 2005, revised ed. 2006).

A VALUE-BASED APPROACH TO HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT (World Bank 2005).

Toward the Rule of Law in Afghanistan: The Constitutive Process, in BEYOND RECONSTRUCTION IN AFGHANISTAN: LESSONS FROM DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE(John D. Montgomery & Dennis A. Rondinelli eds., St. Martin’s Press 2004).

Human Rights: A Global Common Interest, in THE UNITED NATIONS: CONFRONTING THE CHALLENGES OF A GLOBAL SOCIETY (Jean E. Krasno ed., Lynne Rienner Publishers 2004).

A TECHNICAL NOTE FOR VALUE-BASED PARTICIPATORY PLANNING, MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF DEVELOPMENT INTERVENTIONS (World Bank 2003).

HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE UNITED NATIONS (Acad. Council on the United Nations 2003).

Challenging Sovereignty: India, TRIPS and the WTO, in SOVEREIGNTY UNDER CHALLENGE: HOW GOVERNMENTS RESPOND (Nathan Glazer & John D. Montgomery eds., Transaction Publishers 2002) (co-authored with Ulrich Camen).

Indigenous Knowledge as Intellectual Property, 33 J. POL’Y SCI. 387 (2001). [PDF]

Indigenous Knowledge as Intellectual Property, in SOCIAL CAPITAL AS A POLICY RESOURCE (John Montgomery & Alex Inkeles eds. 2000). [PDF]

The Circum-Mediterranean: from Clashing Civilizations to Transnational Arbitration, in NAVAL STRATEGY AND POLICY IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE(John B. Hattendorf ed., Frank Cass Publishers 2000).

A Pivotal States Human Rights Strategy, in THE PIVOTAL STATES: A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR U.S. POLICY IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD (Robert Chase, Emily Hill, & Paul Kennedy eds, W.W. Norton & Co. 1998).

BLOWBACK FROM AFGHANISTAN: HISTORICAL ROOTS (Int’l Sec. Studies, Yale Univ. 1996).

From Stage to Stagehand: The Media in the Post-Cold War International System, in SOMALIA, RWANDA AND BEYOND: THE ROLE OF THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA IN WARS AND HUMANITARIAN CRISES (Edward Girardet ed., Columbia Univ. Press 1995).

AFGHANISTAN AFTER THE SOVIETS: TIME, CULTURE AND CHAOS (Modern Asia Research Centre 1995).

Human Rights in the Post-Cold War Era, SPAN, Sept. 1995.

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE MEDIA (Crosslines Publ’ns 1995).

HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE NEW AFGHAN WAR: A COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY: A PRELIMINARY REPORT (Int’l League for Human Rights 1994).

Afghanistan’s New War, CROSSLINES GLOBAL REP., March-April 1994.

Human Rights in Afghanistan, IN BRIEF, Oct. 1994, no. 58.

Accountability in the New World Order, CROSSLINES (1993).

The Decision Seminar as an Instrument of Power and Enlightenment, 14 POL. PSYCHOL. 575 (1993) (co-authored with Andrew Willard). [JSTOR]

Federal Extraterritoriality and Fifth Amendment Due Process, 105 HARV. L. REV. 1217 (1992) (co-authored with Lea Brilmayer). [PDF]