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

Chair Stockton Center for International Law
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James Kraska is the Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Maritime Law in the Stockton Center for International Law at U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. In 2017 and 2018 he served as a Visiting Professor of Law and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School, where he taught International Law of the Sea.

Areas of Expertise

  • International Law

Professional Highlights


Editor-in-Chief, Benedict on Admiralty: International Maritime Law


Visiting Professor of Public International Law, Gujarat National Law University, Ahmedabad, India


Publication of "The Free Sea: The American Fight for Freedom of Navigation" (US Naval Institute Press)


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


Inaugural Global Engagement Fellow, Mississippi State University


S.J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

LL.M, University of Virginia School of Law

J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law

M.A.I.S., School of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate 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.

Other Honors

Law of the Sea Institute, University of California Berkeley School of Law
Distinguished Fellow, 2014-present

Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia Law School
Senior Fellow, 2013-present

Center for Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia Law School
Senior Fellow, 2012-present

External Memberships and Associations

Council on Foreign Relations
Permanent Member

The Alexander Hamilton Society
National Board of Advisers

News, Media, & Events

2019 Salute to Summer Free Concert & Fireworks Show

Aug. 24, 2019
4:00 p.m.
Dewey Field, Luce Ave, Newport, RI 02841

Korean Dispute Over the Northern Limit Line: Security, Economics, or International Law?

Aug. 21, 2019
Maryland Series in Contemporary Asian Studies, School of Law, University of Maryland
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