Michael F. Sturley

Michael F. Sturley

Michael F. Sturley


Michael F. Sturley is the Fannie Coplin Regents Chair at The University of Texas School of Law.

An expert in admiralty law and Supreme Court practice, Professor Sturley clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell and practiced with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City before joining the faculty in 1984. He teaches and writes in the areas of admiralty, property, and commercial law (especially payment systems), and he directs the Supreme Court Clinic. He is the author of The Legislative History of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and the Travaux Préparatoires of the Hague Rules (Rothman, 1990), a co-author of Admiralty and Maritime Law in the United States, and the author of many articles on admiralty law.


JD Yale
BA Yale

Areas of Specialty

  • Admiralty/Maritime Law
  • Payment Systems
  • Property

Recent Publications

  • The Rotterdam Rules – A Brief Introduction, in Talks on the Rotterdam Rules, 1 (Johan Schelin, Maritime Law Institute, 2014).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 38 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 419 (2014) (with David W. Robertson).
  • Vessel Status in Maritime Law: Does Lozman Set a New Course?, 44 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 393 (2013) (with David W. Robertson).