Dennis Nixon

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Department of Marine Affairs
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Admiralty law, with particular reference to research and fishing vessels
Fisheries law and management
Coastal zone law
Marine pollution law
Marine insurance


A.B. Honors, Xavier University and M.M.A. University of Rhode Island
J.D., University of Cincinnati Law School
Honorary Doctor of Laws, Roger Williams University

Selected Publications

“The Legal and Regulatory Environment of Fisheries Licensing in Rhode Island,” Rhode Island Bar Journal May 2001

“Recent Developments in Oceanographic Research Vessel Law,” Proceedings: Ocean 2000, Marine Technology Society (2000)

“The Legacy of the North Cape Spill: A New Legal Environment for the Tug and Barge Industry,” 4 Ocean & Coastal Law Journal 209 (1999)

“IFQs After the Sustainable Fisheries Act,” in Speir (ed.) , Sustainable Fisheries for the 21st Century? (New Orleans: Tulane University, 1998)

“Products Liability and Pleasure Boats,” 29 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 243 (1998)

“Legal Concerns in the Fishing Industry,” in Richard Langley (ed.), Health and Safety in Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (Durham: Duke University Press, 1997)

“Marine Insurance and World Shipping,” in Lovett (ed.), The World Shipping Market and U.S. Policies, (Westport: Praeger, 1996)

“Marine Fisheries — Are They Sustainable?” Forum vol. 11, no. 2, p. 24 (1996)

Marine and Coastal Law (Westport: Praeger, 1994)

“Managing Marine Fisheries Through Individual Transferable Quotas,” in Limiting Access to Marine Fisheries: Keeping the Focus on Conservation (CMC/WWF: Wash. D.C.) (1994)
“Evolution of Public and Private Rights to Rhode Island’s Shore,” 14 Suffolk University Law Review, 313 (1990)

“The Filling of Long Bay: The Legacy of a Colonial Past,” 15 Ocean and Shoreline Management 1 (1990)

“Shoreline Access in Rhode Island: A Case Study of Black Point,” 42 Maine Law Review 95 (1990)