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Jonathan M. Gutoff

Jonathan M. Gutoff
Professor of Law

J.D., University of Chicago
A.B., Brown University


Professor Jonathan Gutoff is one of the nation’s top experts on piracy and maritime law issues. In addition to his popular courses on Administrative Law, Admiralty, Civil Procedure, and Remedies, Gutoff is a former acting director (and present faculty member) of RWU Law’s Marine Affairs Institute. His articles have appeared in top legal publications such as the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce (“The Law of Piracy in Popular Culture”), the Tulane Law Review and the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. He has addressed regional, national and international conferences on marine and environmental law issues, and he is regularly sought out for his expert commentary by media outlets as diverse as the National Law Journal and National Public Radio.

Professor Gutoff, a classics major at Brown, earned his J.D. at the University of Chicago.

Selected Publications


An Examination and Consideration of: Jurisdiction and Forum Selection in International Maritime Law: Essays in Honor of Robert Force, 38 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 583 (2007)

Fugitive Slaves and Ship-jumping Sailors: the Enforcement and Survival of Coerced Labor, 9 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law 87 (2006) 

A Jurisdictional Prolegomenon to the Limitation of Liability Act, 32 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 203 (2001)

The Law of Piracy in Popular Culture, 31 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 643 (2000)

Federal Common Law and Congressional Delegation: A Reconceptualization of Admiralty, 61 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 367 (2000)

Original Understandings and the Private Law Origins of the Federal Admiralty Jurisdiction: A Reply to Professor Casto, 30 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 361 (1999)

Limitation of Liability in Oil Pollution Cases: In Search of Concursus or Procedural Alternative to Concursus?, 22 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 331 (1998) (with Robert Force)

Admiralty, Article III, and Supreme Court Review of State Court Decisionmaking, 70 Tulane Law Review 2169 (1996)