Centre for Maritime Law

Research Staff


Academic Visitor, CML
Assistant Professor, Northeastern Illinois University

Richard Kilpatrick is an Assistant Professor at the College of Business and Management in Northeastern Illinois University. He teaches law courses to undergraduate business majors and MBA students, including Contract Law and International Business Law. He holds a JD from Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, and is a member of the Illinois bar and Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has published journal articles in the leading US maritime law reviews and lectured at various academic conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Research Interests

» Maritime Law
» Intermodal Transportation Law
» International Trade Law


» "The 'Refugee Clause' for Commercial Shipping Contacts: Why Allocation of Rescue Costs is Critical During Periods of Mass Migration at Sea" (2018) 46 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, 403-446
» "The Joint and Several Liability of 'Merchants' Under Maritime Bills of Lading" (2016) 47.4 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, 411-450
» "The International Legal Obligation to Rescue During Mass Migration at Sea: Navigating the Sovereign and Commercial Dimensions of a Mediterranean Crisis" (with Lt. Adam Smith) (2016) 28.2 University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal, 142-194
» "How Limited is 'Limited Agency'? Lower Courts Rock the Boat by Broadly Applying the Supreme Court's Narrow Kirby Guidelines for Interpreting Bills of Lading" (2015) 40 Tulane Maritime Law Journal, 52-102

Working Papers:

» "The 'Refugee Clause'-Why contractual allocation of rescue costs is critical during periods of mass migration at sea", (2017) CML Working Paper Series, CML-WPS-1709

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