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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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Olivier Moréteau

Russell B. Long Eminent Scholars Chair
Assistant Dean & Director of the Center of Civil Law; Professor of Law


Dr. Olivier Moréteau is Professor of Law, first holder of the Russell B. Long Eminent Scholars Academic Chair, at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Paul M. Hébert Law Center. He joined LSU in 2005. He is the Director of the Center of Civil Law Studies, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Civil Law Studies, and the Director of International Programs.

Professor Moréteau is the former Director of the Édouard 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 Doctorate in Law 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), the University of Melbourne (2002, 2004), the University of Luxembourg (2014, 2015), Université Jean Moulin (2012-2014) and Université de Nantes (2013, 2015).

Professor Moréteau has authored and edited books in French and in English, and written over a hundred articles, chapters, notes, and reviews in various languages, published in international periodicals or books, on the civil law, common law, comparative law, law and languages, legal translation, tort law, the law of obligations, codification, and legal education. A fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation and member of the Louisiana Bar Equivalency Panel, he holds memberships in 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 World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists, the European Society of Comparative Legal History, and is the president of Juris Diversitas.

Courses Taught

Western Legal Traditions, Law of Obligations, Introduction to U.S. Law, Introduction to French Law (in French), International Business Transactions

Selected Publications


Comparative Legal History (A. Masferrer, K. Modeer, O. Moréteau, eds., Research Handbooks in Comparative Law, Edgar Elgar, forthcoming, 2016).

Comparative Law and … / Le droit comparé et … (A. Albarian, O. Moréteau eds., Presses universitaires d’Aix-Marseille, forthcoming, 2015).

Le juriste français entre ethnocentrisme et mondialisation, Dalloz, Paris, 2014 (338 p.).

Law Review Articles

Le Code civil de Louisiane, traduction et retraduction, 28 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 155-175 (2015).

French Tort Law in the Light of European Harmonization, 6 Journal of Civil Law Studies 759-801 (2013).

Restating Tort Law: The American and European Styles, (with Michael D. Green), 3 Journal of European Tort Law 281-307 (2012).

De revolutionibus, The Place of the Civil Code in Louisiana and in the Legal Universe, 5 Journal of Civil Law Studies 31-66 (2012).

Book Chapters

Basic Questions of Tort Law from a French Perspective, in Basic Questions of Tort Law from a Comparative Perspective 3-95 (Helmut Koziol ed., Jan Sramek Verlag, 2015).

The Draft Reforms of French Tort Law in the Light of European Harmonization, Festschrift für Ulrich Magnus 77-91 (Peter Mangowski, Wolfgang Wurmnest eds., Sellier, Munich, 2014).

Honors & Awards

  • Member of the American Law Institute
  • Associate Member, International Academy of Comparative Law
  • Member Emeritus of the European Group on Tort Law
  • Prix de thèse du Centre Français de Droit Comparé, Paris, 1991
  • Prix de l'Association Nationale des Docteurs en Droit, Lyon, 1991
  • Chevalier des palmes académiques