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Bernard Vetter

Professor Emeritus


LL.M., George Washington University Graduate School of Public Law, 1965

LL.B., Louisiana State University, 1964

B.A., Louisiana State University, 1962


  • College of Law
  • Law


Prior to joining the faculty at Loyola, Professor Vetter served as Acting Chief Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. His initial interests included property and urban planning law. During the seventies, he drafted one of the country's first Demolition Moratorium Ordinances, which played an important role in the preservation of the architecture on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.

His present interests include the Civil Code, comparative law and legal history. Professor Vetter has lectured on comparative and civil law topics at Oxford, the law schools of the University of Amsterdam, the University of Mirabor, Slovenia, the University of Costa Rica, the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Doshisha University, Kyoto Japan, and others. He has taught at the George Washington University Law School, Tulane University Law School, Louisiana State University Law School and the law schools of the Universite Jean Moulin in Lyon, France,the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania and the State University of Rio de Janeiro in Rio, Brazil. He is fluent in Spanish, conversant in French and reads Portuguese. He has been a member of the Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute since 1989 and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Institute to Revise the Louisiana Civil Code, Books II and III.

Professor Vetter was a member of the three person Comite Directuer for the Societe Internationale Pour L' Historie de Droits de l' Antiquite, serving with Professor Peter Burks, then holder of the Regius Professorship for Civil and Roman Law at Oxford, and Dean Peter Pieler, of the University of Vienna School of Law. He also founded and was Director for 10 years of the Loyola College of Law's Foreign Summer Programs. 

Areas of Expertise

Civil Code, comparative law and legal history.