Marine and Coastal Law
Cases and Materials, 3rd Edition
by Dennis W. Nixon, Michael J. Daly, Susan E. Farady, Read D. Porter, and Julia B. Wyman
March 2022, 522pp, 7x10
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7739-1
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The United States has a total ocean coastline of approximately 19,924 kilometers/12,380 miles, ranking it eighth in the world (its northern neighbor Canada has the most coastline, with 202,080 kilometers/125,567 miles).

This extensively updated third edition of the classic casebook Marine and Coastal Law provides readers with an authoritative, comprehensive, and up-to-date guide to landmark laws, regulations, and legal decisions governing the United States' vast marine and coastal resources.

This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of the prestigious Marine and Coastal Law casebook provides an essential overview of landmark legal decisions and statutory provisions in U.S. marine and coastal law, with a particular emphasis on regulatory changes and legal conflicts involving climate change, coastal resilience/protection, and sea level rise. In addition to a thorough updating of the contents of the second edition (including editorial commentary on every case), this new revised edition features extensive new content, including two entirely new chapters and new “learning objectives” for each chapter.

Produced by five experts in U.S. marine law, this third edition stands as an accessible and invaluable resource for both lay readers and legal professionals who are seeking greater understanding of the ever-evolving and frequently contentious laws and regulations governing U.S. and international fisheries, maritime shipping and transport, offshore oil and mineral resources, climate change mitigation strategies, coastal protection, marine pollution, and port and harbor operations.


  • Clear and incisive editorial commentary on every case from recognized experts in the field of marine law
  • Coverage for two centuries of changes to maritime and coastal law in the U.S., from the 1800s to 2020
  • Extensive discussion and explanation of legal doctrines, concepts, and principles that provide the foundation for U.S. maritime law
  • "Learning Objectives" for each chapter to aid understanding of each case
Dennis W. Nixon is professor emeritus of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island, where he taught coastal zone, fisheries, and admiralty law for 44 years. He developed the first edition of this book as a teaching tool for graduate students in marine affairs, environmental sciences, and oceanography who needed a background in law. Nixon is a life member of the Rhode Island Bar and an academic member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

Michael J. Daly is a trial lawyer practicing in Providence, Rhode Island. He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine, where he focuses his practice on maritime and commercial litigation. He has published and lectured on a variety of admiralty and general civil litigation matters and is a drafter of the Local Admiralty Rules for the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Before entering the legal profession, he earned his BS in fisheries science and his master of marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island.

Susan E. Farady is associate professor at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME, where she teaches UNE's interdisciplinary marine affairs curriculum. Her research includes management responses to marine microplastics, comprehensive ocean planning, fishery management and climate change, and National Marine Sanctuary management. She is licensed to practice law in Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts. Farady previously served as director of the Roger Williams University School of Law Marine Affairs Institute and Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program and the New England regional director for The Ocean Conservancy; practiced criminal and civil law; and crewed aboard sail-training vessels.

Read D. Porter is Deputy General Counsel for Environment within the Executive Office of Energy
and Environmental Affairs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has published widely on topics in environmental and natural resources law and policy. He previously served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Julia Smith Gibbons on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review.

Julia B. Wyman is the director of the Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program. In this role, she leads educational, research, and outreach programming for marine affairs students and professionals. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the law school, where she teaches courses on ocean and coastal law and policy. Prior to her current role, she served as ocean and environmental counsel for Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, the staff attorney at the Marine Affairs Institute, and the policy analyst for the Coastal States Organization in Washington, D.C.
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