Emeritus Professor of Law
A.B., Bowdoin College
J.D., Vanderbilt School of Law
LL.M., Yale Law School
Areas of legal expertise: Admiralty, international law/litigation, comparative law (civil law legal systems), and national security law.
Professor Steven Swanson brings experience in both practice and academic study of international law. He practiced law with the Wall Street firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy, where he gained experience in international banking and civil litigation. Prior to joining Hamline, Swanson was a graduate fellow at Yale Law School researching international law.
Swanson has served as chair of the Maritime Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He has published articles on public international law, international civil litigation, admiralty, national security law, the European Economic Community, and trusts. In addition, Swanson is the co-author of Admiralty: Cases and Materials. While in law school, he served as the executive articles editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transitional Law and was elected to the academic honor society Order of the Coif.
Swanson has taught International Law, International Civil Litigation, Comparative Law, Admiralty, Torts, Conflict of Laws, and seminars on international law topics, such as national security law, the Nuremberg Trials, and international water pollution.