Michael N. Schmitt, J.D., D.Litt

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Biography

Michael Schmitt is the Howard S. Levie Professor of Law and Armed Conflict at the U.S. Naval War College's Stockton Center for International Law. He is also the Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the United States Military Academy’s Lieber Institute, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Exeter, and Senior Fellow at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence.

Areas of Expertise

  • International Law

Professional Highlights

2011

Chairman

Stockton Center for International Law, US Naval War College ( 2011-2017)
2010

Professor

Chair of Public International Law, Durham University, UK (2010-2011)
1999

Professor

Professor of Law and Dean, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (1999-2010)
1979

Judge Advocate

Judge Advocate, United States Air Force (1979-1999)

Education

D.Litt, Durham University (UK) 

LL.M, Yale University 

J.D., University of Texas 

M.A., United States Naval War College  

M.A., Texas State University

B.A., Texas State University

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Research Contributions

Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations
2016-present 
Management Board

The International Law of Cyber Conflict, NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence 
2013 - 2017 
Director, Tallinn 2.0

Challenges of 21st Century Warfare 
2013-2017 
International Law Association Study Group Member

Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare Project, NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence 
2009 - 2012 
Director

Special Adviser to the Public Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of 31 May 2010 
2010-2011 
Turkel Commission

Harvard HPCR Manual on International Law Applicable to Air and Missile Warfare 
2003-2009 
Drafting Committee

Group of International Experts, ICRC Interpretive Guidance on the Notion of Direct Participation in Hostilities 
2003-2009 
Member

Awards and Decorations

Bienniel James Crawford Lecture, Adelaide Law School
2017

Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, Awarded by President of Estonia 
2017

Invited Visiting Fellow, Australian National University Law School
2017

Cyber Security Canon award, Tallinn Manual
2016

Visiting Distinguished Fellow, Emory Law School International Humanitarian Law Clinic
2014

Annual Hilaire McCoubrey Lecture, Hull University Law School
2008

Sir Ninian Stephen Visiting Scholar, University of Melbourne Law School
2006

Annual Waldemar Solf Memorial Lecture, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School
2003

External Memberships and Associations

Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law
Council of Foreign Relations Member

Council of Foreign Relations
Member

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence
Senior Fellow

Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA)
Fellow

Institute for International Peace and Security, Cologne University
Advisory Board

International Society for Military Law and the Law of War Advisory Board
Board of Directors

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