Dr. Richard McLaughlin

Dr. Richard J. McLaughlin is Endowed Chair for Coastal and Marine Policy and Law at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.

Prior to joining HRI in 2005, Dr. McLaughlin was Professor of Law and Ray and Louise Stewart Lecturer at the University of Mississippi School of Law where he regularly taught International Law, Property Law, Admiralty Law, Ocean and Coastal Law, International Environmental Law, and other courses. Dr. McLaughlin has research interests in a broad range of marine and coastal policy and legal issues including the international law of the sea, ocean energy policies, ocean and coastal governance, and marine ecosystem-based management. He has been actively involved in a variety of leadership positions in the marine law and policy field, is a former Fulbright Scholar to Japan and has published over eighty articles and monographs on marine and coastal policy issues.

Dr. McLaughlin currently serves on the National Academy of Science Committee on Scientific Assessment, a group that advises the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regarding development of Outer Continental Shelf energy and mineral resources. A graduate of Tulane University Law School and the University of Washington School of Law, he holds a doctorate degree in law from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.