Edward Tomlinson

Professor Emeritus of Law

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  • AB, 1961, Princeton University
  • MA, 1962, University of Washington
  • JD, 1965, Harvard University

Professor Tomlinson joined the faculty in 1965. His primary research interests are in the areas of comparative law, contracts and criminal procedure. He has served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States and as faculty reporter to the Governor's Commission on the Death Penalty. During the fall semester 1998, he was on leave at the University of Lyons (France) to teach comparative law.


The French Penal Code of 1994 (1999) (translation with scholarly introduction). Abstract

Criminal chapter in Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts, Maryland Trial Judges Benchbook (1991)


Security for a Commercial Loan: Historical and International Perspectives, 23 Maryland Journal of International Law and Trade 77 (1999) reprinted in Security for a Debt in Ancient Near East Law (Raymond Westbrook & Richard Jasnow eds., 2001). Abstract

Tribute to Judge Chasanow, 59 Maryland Law Review 726 (2000). Abstract

The French Experience with Duty to Rescue: A Dubious Case for Criminal Enforcement, 20 New York Law School Journal of Comparative and International Law 451 (2000). Abstract

Judicial Lawmaking in a Code Jurisdiction: A French Saga on Certainty of Price in Contract Law, 58 Louisiana Law Review 101 (1997). Abstract

The Maryland Administrative Procedure Act: Forty Years Old in 1997, 56 Maryland Law Review 196 (1997) Abstract

The Saga of Wiretapping in France: What it Tells Us About the French Criminal Justice System, 53 Louisiana Law Review 1091 (1993). Abstract

Performance Obligations of the Aggrieved Contractant: The French Experience, 12 Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Journal 139 (1989). Abstract

Tort Liability in France for the Act of Things: A Study of Judicial Lawmaking, 48 Louisiana Law Review 1299 (1988). Abstract

Post-Conviction in Maryland: Past, Present and Future, 45 Maryland Law Review 927 (1986). Abstract

Constitutional Limitations on Prosecutorial Discovery, 23 San Diego Law Review 993 (1986). Abstract

The Use of the Freedom of Information Act for Discovery Purposes, 43 Maryland Law Review 119 (1984). Abstract

Nonadversarial Justice: The French Experience, 42 Maryland Law Review 131 (1983). Abstract

Constitutional Limits on the Decisional Powers of Courts and Administrative Agencies in Maryland, 35 Maryland Law Review 414 (1976). Abstract

The Enforcement of Federal Standards in Grant-in-Aid Programs: Suggestions for Beneficiary Involvement, 58 Virginia Law Review 600 (1972) (with Jerry L. Mashaw). Abstract

Discovery in Agency Adjudication, 1971 Duke Law Journal 89. Abstract

Modification and Dissolution of Administrative Orders and Injunctions, 31 Maryland Law Review 312 (1971). Abstract