James Kraska, LL.M, S.J.D

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Chair Stockton Center for the Study of International Law
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James Kraska is Chairman and Howard S. Levie Professor in the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. In 2017 he served as a Visiting Professor of Law and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School, where he taught a course on International Law of the Sea.

Areas of Expertise

  • International Law

Professional Highlights


Visiting Professor of Law and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization, Harvard Law School


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Related Credentials

Previously, Professor Kraska was Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar, an endowed chair in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and an Office of the Chief of Naval Research Fellow in the Marine Policy Center at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he conducted a study on legal aspects of autonomous and expendable marine instruments. He is also Distinguished Fellow at the Law of the Sea Institute, University of California Berkeley School of Law and Senior Fellow at the Center for Oceans Law and Policy at the University of Virginia School of Law, and an honorary visiting professor at Gujarat National Law University.

Research Contributions

Professor Kraska's publications include numerous scholarly articles and books, including Maritime Power and Law of the Sea (Oxford University Press), Arctic Security in an Age of Climate Change (Cambridge University Press), and The Free Sea: The American Fight for Freedom of Navigation (with Raul Pedrozo, Naval Institute Press). Professor Kraska earned an S.J.D. and LL.M. from University of Virginia School of Law.

External Memberships and Associations

Council on Foreign Relations
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News, Media, & Events


U.S. Naval War College Graduation: June 2019

Jun. 14, 2019
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US Military Renames Largest Area of Operations

May. 30, 2018
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