John C. Tramazzo, LL.M., J.D.

Military Professor Stockton Center for International Law
Maj., U.S. Army
John Tramazzo faculty photo


Maj. Tramazzo is an active-duty Army judge advocate and military professor in the Stockton Center for International Law. He previously served as the Regiment Judge Advocate for the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, KY. He has also served as a legal advisor within the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC and the Army’s 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY. He holds an LL.M. from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, VA, a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law, an M.A. from the U.S. Naval War College, and a B.A. from the University of Richmond.

Areas of Expertise

  • Counterterrorism
  • Ethics
  • International Law
  • Rules of Engagement

Professional Highlights


Regiment Judge Advocate (Command Legal Advisor/In-House Counsel)

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Brigade Judge Advocate

Joint Special Operations Command Intelligence Brigade (Airborne), Fort Liberty, North Carolina

Senior Trial Counsel

10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York


LL.M., The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, 2020, superior graduate

J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law, 2010, cum laude

M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2023, Defense and Strategic Studies, with highest distinction

B.A., University of Richmond, distinguished military graduate

Related Credentials

Operational deployments to Afghanistan (2014) and Jordan (2017, 2019)

Temporary duty experience in Kenya, Somalia, Germany, and Malta

Research Contributions and Publications

“Applying Vague Law to Violence: How the Joint Force Can Master Proportionality Before a High-Intensity War”
The Army Lawyer, Fall 2023

"A Legal Assessment of North Korean Missile Tests"
Lieber Institute Articles of War, August 11, 2023

“The Wagner Group’s No Quarter Order and International Law”
Co-authored with Professor Michael N. Schmitt
Lieber Institute Articles of War, April 26, 2023

“Sabotage in Law: Meaning and Misunderstandings”
Lieber Institute Articles of War, June 23, 2023

“Intelligence Law Primer for the Second Machine Age”
Army Lawyer, 2019, Issue 3

“Bourbon Man at Breakneck Ridge”
Military History Quarterly, Spring 2019

Awards and Decorations

William S. Sims Award
College of Naval Command & Staff, 2023

College of Naval Command & Staff, 2023

External Memberships and Associations

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

United States District Court for the District of South Carolina

United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

Bar of the District of Columbia

State Bar of Maryland

International Society for Military Law and the Law of War

Night Stalker Association

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