Cynthia J. Parmley, J.D.

Military Professor Stockton Center for International Law
Lt. Cmdr., U.S. Navy
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Lt. Cmdr. Cynthia J. Parmley is currently serving as a military professor at the Stockton Center for International Law. She has specialized in operational law with a particular focus on special operations, sensitive activities, and unique international jurisdictional matters. Prior to her arrival, Lt. Cmdr. Parmley served as chief, operational law at Special Operations Command Europe. She has prior civilian experience as a policy officer at the U.S Department of State in the Bureau of African Affairs and Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. She holds a J.D. and M.A. from GWU, a diplôme d'échange from Sciences Po Paris and a B.A. from UC Berkeley.

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Areas of Expertise

  • International Law
  • International Relations
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Joint Operations
  • Special Operations

Professional Highlights


Chief, Operational Law, Special Operations Command Europe

Sole Operational Law attorney at Joint Two-Star Theater Special Operations Command, and Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Operations Group-Europe. Provided legal advice on sensitive activities, intelligence operations, cyber warfare, and Special Operations.

Staff Judge Advocate, U.S Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Staff Judge Advocate to O6 Installation Commander and Officer-in-Charge of legal detachment. Provided legal advice on military justice, administrative law, international law, and inter-agency policy matters to include interdictions at sea, asylum seekers, and complex jurisdictional gaps.

Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain

Deputy Staff Judge Advocate to O6 Installation Commander and Claims Officer for Middle East Region.


J.D., George Washington University Law School

M.A., Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, International Affairs

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Peace & Conflict Studies

Diplôme d'échange, Sciences Po Paris, études européennes et relations internationales

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