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Law, Science, and Contagion

By Professor Charles Norchi

The Pandemic of 2020 underscores the importance of science for everyone. COVID-19 appears to have terminated the anti-science moment that emerged in 2016. Nearly everyone now accepts that physical reality is a fact, even when we cannot see it. Read More.

Maine-Arctic on Ice?

By Professor Charles Norchi*

In January as COVID-19 swept from Asia to Europe, my scientist colleagues warned of a great disruptor. Our institution deploys Arctic field missions, research, and teaching across a number of disciplines that appeared to be at risk. Paul Mayewski, director of the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, and I had been finalizing a June expedition to Greenland. Read More.

Maine Law and the Arctic

By Professor Charles Norchi

Geography favors the University of Maine School of Law. Our state strides two international borders – Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. We sit on an extensive coast in a city with an international port and a vibrant blue economy. Read More.

Give away Greenland? It’s been done before

By Professor Charles Norchi

To President Trump’s offer to buy Greenland, the Danish prime minister responded “absurd.” After all, Greenland is under the sovereignty of Denmark. But how did Denmark acquire dominion over all of Greenland? Europeans first encountered Greenland in the year 900 when Eric the Red, an Icelander of Norwegian origin, arrived on the southwest coast. Read More.

Maritime Maine and our Law School

By Charles H. Norchi, Benjamin Thompson Professor of Law and Chair, AALS Section on Admiralty and Maritime Law

It is summer in Maine and thoughts turn to the sea. The sea sets our law school apart. Maine Law strides two international borders – Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. Only one other law school can make that claim – Dalhousie in Halifax, Canada. Read More.