The Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce

Welcome to the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce (JMLC), a scholarly publication devoted to all aspects of admiralty and maritime law.

As of January 1, 2021, the JMLC is under new ownership at the Roger Williams University School of Law.

This website and the revitalized journal are very much under development, so please check back soon for updates. 

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Meet The Editors

The JMLC continues to be a professionally published journal with three Co-Editors-in-Chief: Jonathan Gutoff, Justin Kishbaugh, and Julia Wyman. The JMLC has a rotating staff of other editors and peer-reviewers in the field of maritime law.

Additionally, the JMLC has a cohort of student editors at the Roger Williams University School of Law who assist the Editors-in-Chief.

Meet the Editors
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How Do I Get Involved Or Submit An Article?

Submit to the JMLC, become an editor or peer-reviewer, or a student editor.

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Current & Past Editions

Please check back here for current, past, and upcoming editions of the JMLC.

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The Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce was founded in 1969 by George Jay Joseph, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who saw the need for a law review exclusively devoted to maritime law. Through a generous gift by the Joseph family in 2021, the JMLC transferred hands to the Roger Williams University School of Law.


Marine Affairs News

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    Brittney Ortiz 3L emerged victorious as part of the winning duo at the 16th annual ABA First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court competition vs. a team from Univ of Illinois College of Law and Harvard Law.

  • From the Community, for the Community

    Long before she was the Associate Dean of Student Life and Operations at Roger Williams University School of Law, Lorraine Lalli was an aspiring law student. On her admissions essay for RWU Law, she wrote about how she planned to use the skills she learned in law school to give back to the community.

  • For 30 Years: A Justice-Centered Mission

    This fall, RWU Law Dean Gregory W. Bowman held a far-ranging conversation with law school leaders to reflect on this milestone year, the school’s history and commitment to advancing social justice in legal education, and a bright future that includes the launch of the Institute for Race and the Law as the next step in RWU Law’s leadership on racial justice legal education.