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Joseph Sweeney

John D. Calamari Distinguished Professor of Law

Research and Teaching Areas

International Law; Maritime/Admiralty


  • U.S. Navy JAG Corps, 1957-1962
  • Associate, Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens; 1963-1966
  • U.S. Delegate, UNCITRAL (Merchant shipping) and UNCTAD since 1972;
  • U.S. Representative: U.N. Diplomatic Conference on Carriage of Goods by Sea, Hamburg, 1978;
  • Diplomatic Conference on Maritime Law, Brussels, 1979;
  • Alt. Rep. U.N. Diplomatic Conference on Liability of Terminal Operators in International Trade, Vienna, 1991;
  • Visiting E.S. Land Professor of Maritime Affairs, Naval War College, 1972;
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 1982;
  • John D. Calamari Distinguished Professor of Law;
  • Principal subjects: Admiralty, Air Law, History of the Supreme Court, International Law, International Business Transactions, Interethnic Conflict Resolution (at Fordham since 1966).

Selected Publications

Author and editor of works on international project finance, maritime regulations, multimodal transport, marine collision, aviation law.

Selected Articles:

  • "Guantanamo and U.S. Law," 30 Fordham International Law Journal 673 (2007)
  • "International Law at Fordham Law School," 29 Fordham International Law Journal 1139 (2006)
  • "The Silver Oar and other Maces of the Admiralty: Admiralty Jurisdiction in America and the British Empire," 38 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 159 (2007)


  • Columbia, LLM, 1963
  • Boston University, JD, 1957
  • Harvard, AB, 1954