Michael A. Rizzotti, J.D., LL.M.

Military Professor Stockton Center for International Law
Lt. Col., U.S. Army
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U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Michael Rizzotti is a military professor at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Stockton Center for International Law. The Stockton Center serves as the world’s premier research institute for the study of international law and military operations throughout the domains of the land, sea, aerospace and cyberspace. Stockton Center faculty teach in the core curriculum and electives at the NWC, as well as in advanced international law courses around the world.

Areas of Expertise

  • International Law
  • Rules of Engagement

Professional Highlights


Chief, Military Justice, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, Fort Bliss, Texas


Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Civil Division, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria, Virginia


Litigation Attorney, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia


Battalion Judge Advocate (Legal Advisor), 3d Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Bagram, Afghanistan


Trial Counsel (Prosecutor), Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C.


Prosecutor, Office of the Military Commissions-Prosecution, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington D.C.


Trial Counsel (Prosecutor), III Corps and Fort Hood, Fort Hood, Texas and Baghdad, Iraq


Administrative & Operational Law Attorney, 2d Combat Aviation Brigade, 2d Infantry Division, Camp Humphreys, Korea


LL.M., The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center & School, 2013

J.D., The Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, 2004

B.A., Hobart & William Smith Colleges, 2001

Related Credentials

Admitted, United States Supreme Court, 2013

Member, New York State Bar, 2005

Member, New Jersey State Bar, 2004

Research Contributions and Publications

Book Review: The Execution of Private Slovik, The Army Lawyer
September 2013

Awards and Decorations

Bronze Star Medal
With Oak Leaf Cluster

Meritorious Service Medal
With Oak Leaf Cluster

Joint Service Commendation Medal
With Oak Leaf Cluster

Army Commendation Medal
With Four Oak Leaf Clusters

Army Achievement Medal
With Oak Leaf Cluster

Other Honors

Major General George S. Prugh Award for Writing Excellence in International and Operational Law
Recipient, 2013

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