Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

McLaughlin, R., “Responding to Climate Change Impacts to Fisheries and Marine Habitat in the Gulf of Mexico.” Randall S. Abate, Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law, Oxford University Press, anticipated publication December, 2014.


McLaughlin, R., “’Idle Iron’ Versus ‘Rigs to Reefs’: Surviving Conflicting Policy Mandates in the Gulf of Mexico.”  Harry Scheiber and Jordan Diamond, forthcoming in University of California at Berkeley Electronic Press, accepted for publication, 2014.


Nash, H., McLaughlin, R., “A Policy Approach to Establish an International Network of Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of Mexico Region”  Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs 1-35 (2014)



Nash, H., McLaughlin, R., “Opportunities for Trinational Governance of Ecologically Connected Habitat Sites in the Gulf of Mexico” 4 (1) KMI International Journal of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries 1-32 (June 2012)


McLaughlin, R., Commentary, “Breaking the Cycle of Environmental Crisis and Regulatory Reform” 45 (2) Marine Technology Society Journal  33-34 (March/April 2011)


McLaughlin, R., “Rolling Easements as a Response to Sea Level Rise in Coastal Texas: Current Status of the Law After Severance v. Patterson” 26 Florida State University Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law 365-394 (2011)

McLaughlin, R., "Establishing Transboundary Marine Energy Security and Environmental Cooperation Areas as a Method of Resolving Longstanding Political Disagreements and Improving Transboundary Resource Management in the Gulf of Mexico" Issues in Legal Scholarship, Frontier Issues in Ocean Law (2008): Article 1. University of California at Berkeley Electronic Press.

Cruz, I.; McLaughlin, R., “Contrasting Marine Policies in the United States, Mexico, Cuba and the European Union: Searching for an Integrated Strategy for the Gulf of Mexico Region” 51 Ocean and Coastal Management 826-838 (2009)

McLaughlin, R., “Hydrocarbon Development in the Ultra-Deepwater Boundary Region of the Gulf of Mexico: Time to Reexamine a Comprehensive U.S.-Mexico Cooperation Agreement” 39 Ocean Development and International Law 1-31 (2008)

McLaughlin, R., “Foreign Access to Shared Marine Genetic Materials: Management Options for a Quasi-Fugacious Resource” 34 Ocean Development and International Law 297 (2003)

McLaughlin, R., “Sovereignty, Utility, and Fairness: Using U.S. Takings Law to Guide the Evolving Utilitarian Balancing Approach to Global Environmental Disputes in the WTO” 78 Oregon Law Review 855 (1999)

McLaughlin, R., "Settling Trade Related Disputes Over the Conservation of Marine Living Resources: UNCLOS or the WTO?" 10 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 29 (1997)

Jarman, C., McLaughlin, R., “Commentary on Professor Tarlock’s Paper: The Influence of International Environmental Law on the United States Pollution Control Law,” 22 Vermont Law Review 793 (1997)

McLaughlin, R., "Floating Casinos, Personal Injury and Death Claims, and Admiralty Jurisdiction," 64 Mississippi Law Journal 439 (1995)

McLaughlin, R., "UNCLOS and the Demise of U.S. Trade Sanctions To Protect Dolphins, Sea Turtles, Whales, and Other International Marine Living Resources," 21 Ecology Law Quarterly 1 (1994)

McLaughlin, R., "Free Trade, GATT, and Ocean Governance," 23 Ocean and Coastal Management 65 (1994)

McLaughlin, R., "New Ocean Technologies and Ocean Space Utilization in the United States and Japan: Laws, Policies, and Competitive Opportunities," 5 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 705 (1993)

McLaughlin, R., "The Impact of the Extension of the U.S. Territorial Sea on Foreign Flag Vessels," 2 Territorial Sea Journal 91 (1992)

McLaughlin, R., "Coastal State Discretion, U.S. Policy, and the New IMO Guidelines for the Disposal of Offshore Structures: Has Article 5(5) of the 1958 Continental Shelf Convention Been 'Entirely Removed'?" 1 Territorial Sea Journal 245 (1991)

Jarman, C., McLaughlin, R., "A Higher Public Purpose? The Constitutionality of Mississippi's Public Trust Tidelands Legislation," 11 Mississippi College Law Review 5 (1990)

McLaughlin, R., “Confidential Classification of Bathymetric Mapping of the U.S. EEZ: Is a New Marine Scientific Research Policy in Order?” 19 Ocean Development and International Law 1 (1988)

Book Chapters

McLaughlin, R., “UNCLOS and the Growing Use of Electronic Tagged Marine Animals as Autonomous Ocean Profilers,” J. Van Dyke, Sherry P. Broder, Seokwoo Lee, and Jin-Hyun Paik, Governing Ocean Resources: New Challenges and Emerging Regimes (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013) 489-502.

McLaughlin, R., “Exploiting Marine Genetic Resources Beyond National Jurisdiction and the International Protection of Intellectual Property Rights: Can They Coexist?” D. Vidas, Law, Technology and Science for Oceans in Globalization (Martinus Nijhoff Publishing, 2010) 371-382

McLaughlin, R., Chapter X, “Maritime Boundary Delimitation and Cooperative Management of Transboundary Hydrocarbons in the Ultra-Deepwaters of the Gulf of Mexico,” S.Y. Hong and J. Van Dyke, Maritime Boundary Disputes, Settlement Processes, and the Law of the Sea (Brill/Kluwer Publishing, 2009) 199-230

McLaughlin, R., “Mississippi in 6 Waters and Waters Rights 707 (Robert E. Beck ed. 2005)

McLaughlin, R., “Managing Foreign Access to Marine Genetic Resources: Moving From Capture to Cooperation,” in Harry N. Scheiber and David D. Caron, Bringing New Law to Ocean Waters, (Kluwer Publishing, 2004)

McLaughlin, R., “Chapter 23A.04 ‘Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act’ and ‘Coast Guard Controls over Coastal Structures,’” in Environmental Law Practice Guide (Matthew Bender & Company, 2003).

McLaughlin, R., “Chapter 23A ‘Coasts,’” in Environmental Law Practice Guide (Matthew Bender & Company, 2002).

McLaughlin, R., “U.S. Ratification of UNCLOS and the Loss of Unilateral Trade Sanctions to Protect Marine Living Resources,” Ocean Yearbook 11 (E. Borgese, N. Ginsburg, J. Morgan, eds. 1994)

Book Reviews


McLaughlin, R., Review of Richard Burroughs, Coastal Governance, 16 Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, 539, University of Maine School of Law (Spring 2011)


McLaughlin, R., Review of "James M. Broadus and Raphael V. Vartanov, eds. The Oceans and Environmental Security: Shared U.S. and Russian Perspectives," 26 Ocean Development and International Law 305 (1995)

Research Reports and Monographs


McLaughlin, R., “Offshore Oil and Gas Development in the Gulf of Mexico: Understanding the Recent U.S. and Mexico Treaty on Shared Hydrocarbons,” Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Scientific and Legal Aspects of the Regimes of the Continental Shelf and the Area, Beijing, China (November 2012). Technical and Legal Aspects of the Regimes of the Continental Shelf and the Area, Zhiguo Gao et al., Beijing: China Democracy and Legal System Publishing House, 2013, pp. 160-168.


McLaughlin, R., McKinney, L., Tunnell, W., Shirley, T., Montagna, P., Stunz, G., Gibeaut. J., Yoskowitz, D., Texas Coastal Management Program Section 309 Assessment and Strategies Report for 2011-2015, Texas General Land Office (February 2011)


Cruz, I., McLaughlin, R., “Summer Workshop on Governance of the Gulf of Mexico Extended Report,” Corpus Christi, TX, (June 2010)

McLaughlin, R., The Importance of U.S. Membership in the Law of the Sea Convention to the Gulf of Mexico, Harte Research Institute Occasional White Paper #1 (July 2009).

McLaughlin, R.; Von Zharen, W., “Ecosystem-based Management in the Gulf of Mexico: Opportunities and Challenges” 7 The Sand Bar: Legal Reporter for the National Sea Grant College Program 10-13 (2008)

McLaughlin, R., Von Zharen, W., Rayburn, R., Summary of Research and Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Based Management Workshop Outcomes, National Sea Grant Law Center (August 2008)

McLaughlin, R., Position Paper on Marine Genetic Resources and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System Project, submitted to Noel Jacobs, Project Director, Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System Project, Belize City, Belize (2003)

McLaughlin, R., Hess, M., Casino Gaming on Public Waters: A Summary of Laws and Policies Governing Casino Development in Mississippi‟s Coastal Zone and Recommendations for Their Improvement, Report Commissioned by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (1996)

Robertshaw, S., McLaughlin, R., Love, D., Legal and Institutional Constraints on Aquaculture in Dredged Material Containment Areas, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Technical Report EL-93-7 (1993)

McLaughlin, R., Guide to Laws and Regulations Governing the Importation of Seafood into Japan. MASGP-92-013 (1992)

McLaughlin, R, Howorth, L., Hunt, J., Homziak, J., A Guide to Aquaculture Permitting in Coastal Mississippi. Publication 1836, Extension Service of Mississippi State University (1992)

McLaughlin, R., Howorth, L., Mississippi Ocean Policy Study. MASGP-91-010 (1991)

McLaughlin, R., A Guide to Laws and Regulations Governing Hard Mineral Mining on the Continental Shelf. MASGP-89-034 (1989)

McLaughlin, R., Review of Laws and Regulations Governing the Establishment of a Mississippi Wetlands Mitigation Bank. Technical Report Submitted to the Mississippi Bureau of Marine Resources (1988)


Amicus Briefs 


McLaughlin, R. Signed Contributor to Amicus Brief (Rod Sullivan, Primary Brief Author) to the United States Supreme Court review of Dize v. Association of Maryland Pilots, No. 13-1268, May 21, 2014


McLaughlin, R. Signed Contributor to Amicus Brief (David Robertson, Primary Brief Author) to the United States Supreme Court review of Lozman v. City of Rivera Beach, 568 U.S. ___ 2013 decided (January 15, 2013)


McLaughlin, R., McCutchon, F., Amicus Curiae Brief to the Texas Supreme Court requesting a rehearing for the case of Severance v. Patterson, (December 2010). Rehearing granted (March 2011).