Center for Oceans and Coastal Law
Formerly Marine Law Institute
The Center for Oceans and Coastal Law is a teaching and interdisciplinary research center devoted to law and policy of the oceans. Center activities embrace a broad range of teaching and research, seeking to enhance the skills of the lawyer and policy scientist as applied to oceans problems from the Gulf of Maine to the seas of Europe, Africa and Asia. The Center is directed by Professor Charles H. Norchi, who also serves as Chair of the Admiralty and Maritime Section of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS).
Through its program of conferences, lectures, and publications, the Center builds on a longstanding Maine maritime tradition. That tradition includes 18th Century piracy trials, 19th Century Clipper Sailing Ships that carried trade in fur and timber from the new world to the old, the 20th Century Liberty Ships that were built in South Portland and contributed to Allied victory in the Second World War. Today, Maine is home to organizations devoted to contemporary ocean needs, opportunities and problems. These include the Maine Maritime Academy; the United States Coast Guard; the Gulf of Maine Research Institute; the World Affairs Council of Maine, and attorneys and firms working in admiralty and shipping law. The Center for Oceans and Coastal Law is a member of the Maine family of organizations devoted to the well-being and order of the oceans.