Michael Schmitt

Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar


Professor Michael N. Schmitt is Director of the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law and Charles H. Stockton Professor at the United States Naval War College. He is also Professor of Public International Law and member of the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter (UK), Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program in International Law and Armed Conflict and Senior Fellow at the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. He was previously Professor of International Law at Durham University and Dean of the George C. Marshall European Center. Before joining the Marshall Center, Professor Schmitt served 20 years in the United States Air Force as a judge advocate specializing in operational and international law. In 1996 he graduated first in class from the Naval War College's College of Naval Warfare.

From 2007 through 2008, he occupied the Charles H. Stockton Visiting Chair of International Law at the Naval War College. He has been invited to serve as the Sir Ninian Stephen Visiting Scholar at Melbourne University, Visiting Distinguished Fellow at Emory Law School's International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Visiting Scholar at Australian National University and Visiting Scholar Yale Law School. The General Editor of the "International Law Studies," Professor Schmitt serves on many boards of institutions, learned and professional societies, and publications dealing with international humanitarian law. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

Professor Schmitt has participated in multiple international expert working groups, including those on the Manual on the International Law of Air and Missile Warfare (Harvard Program on Conflict Research), Direct Participation by Civilians in Hostilities (ICRC), Characterization of Conflict (Chatham House), and, as Project Director, the Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber War (NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence). The author of over 130 books and articles, his works on law and military affairs have been published in Belgium, Chile, Estonia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Norway, Peru, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He has delivered the Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture at Melbourne University, the Hilaire McCoubrey Lecture at Hull University and the Waldemar Solf Lecture at the US Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. His academic degrees include a D.Litt (Durham University), JD (University of Texas), LL.M (Yale University), MA (Naval War College), and MA (Texas State University).


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