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Olivier Moréteau

Russell B. Long Eminent Scholars Chair

Recent Scholarship

During the 2011-12 academic year, Professor Moréteau taught Legal Traditions and Systems, Introduction to U.S. Law, the Law of Obligations, and Introduction to French Law (in French). He served as director of the LL.M. program and chaired the International Student Programs and LL.M. Program Committee.

Professor Moréteau worked on a Proportional Liability project with the European Group on Tort Law, and reported on French tort law for the European Center of Tort and Insurance Law in Vienna. He published two substantial articles: “De revolutionibus, The Place of the Civil Code in Louisiana and in the Legal Universe,” in Le droit civil et ses codes: parcours à travers les Amériques (McGill, Canada) and “Mare Nostrum as the Cauldron of Western Legal Traditions: Stirring the Broth, Making Sense of Legal Gumbo whilst Understanding Contamination,” (Journal of Civil Law Studies, where he edited and published the papers of a conference on Legal Diversity in the Mediterranean (Malta, 2010).  He also wrote a book review, and progressed on a book project and a substantial book chapter for a Western Legal Traditions book project, both works with an international outreach.

Professor Moréteau peer-reviewed articles for publication in international periodicals. He signed with Edward Elgar Publishing for the publication of a major book on Comparative Legal History, of which he is the principal editor with Professor Aniceto Masferrer (University of Valencia), to be published in 2015.

He presented a paper at an international conference on La pensée de Francois Gény (Nancy-Metz, October 2011), and chaired a panel at The Concept of Law international conference, Lausanne, October 2011. He gave lectures at the Université Jean Moulin, Lyon (October 2011), and made two presentations at the 11th Annual Conference on European Tort Law, Vienna, April 2012. He presented a paper at the 2nd Biennial Conference of the European Society of Comparative Legal History (Amsterdam, July 2012).

At the Center of Civil Law Studies (CCLS), Professor Moréteau continues publishing the peer-reviewed Journal of Civil Law Studies where he currently works on a forthcoming issue on Louisiana law in the year of the Bicentennial of the State, which will inaugurate the Civil Law in Louisiana section, with case notes written by students under faculty supervision. He inaugurated the new Louisiana Civil Code website where the code appears in the original English and in French translation (approximately 1200 articles translated to date), working with Dr. Ivan Tchotourian (Professor University of Nantes, Distinguished Foreign Visitor at LSU Law, Oct-Dec 2011) and two French interns (Apr-Jul 2012); these three-month interns are in their final year of a Master’s Program in Trilingual Legal Studies at Université de Nantes.  Professor Moréteau contributes to a major dictionary of the civil law in English. He also organized and hosted a one-day bilingual conference on Property of Immovables and Land Registration in Louisiana and Haiti (April 2012) with the support of the city of Lafayette.

Professor Moréteau cooperated with the French Section of the Louisiana Bar Association and the Louisiana Supreme Court on the occasion of the Bicentennial of the State and of the Supreme Court, with lectures and publications in the Louisiana Bar Journal (one published, one forthcoming). Professor Moréteau was a major participant in the program “From Territory to State: Louisiana Statehood 1812,” organized by the LSU College of Education (January 2012), his two presentations providing materials to be used by teachers of social studies in the State of Louisiana.

Professor Moréteau continued serving on the Equivalency Panel for access of foreign candidates to the Louisiana Bar and is an active Board Member of Friends of French Studies at LSU.

Brief Biography

Professor Moréteau joined LSU in 2005, when he was named the first holder of the Russell B. Long Eminent Scholars Academic Chair. He is the Director of the Center of Civil Law Studies, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Civil Law Studies, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for International Programs.

Professor Moréteau is the former Director of the Edouard Lambert Institute of Comparative Law at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France, where he was an Assistant Professor (1982-90), Associate Professor (1990-98) and then Full Professor (Professeur agrégé). He also served as Director and Vice President for international relations at this university (1993-99). He earned his Ph.D. summa cum laude at the Université Jean Moulin, 1990, after research conducted in Cambridge with a British Council scholarship. He has been visiting professor at the University of Minnesota (1992), Boston University (1993-97, 1999-00, 2002-04) and the University of Melbourne (2002, 2004).

Professor Moréteau has authored and edited books in French and in English, and written many articles in various languages, published in international periodicals or books, on the civil law, common law, comparative law, law and languages, tort law, the law of obligations, and legal education. He is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, the European Group on Tort Law, the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law, the Société de Législation comparée, the American Law Institute, the Louisiana Bar Equivalency Panel, and the Louisiana Bar Foundation.

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Maîtrise en Droit, 1977
D.E.A. de Droit Comparé, 1978
D.E.A. de Droit Privé, 1981
Doctorat d'Etat en Droit, 1990, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3

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