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

Professor Emeritus Stockton Center for International Law
Michael N Schmitt faculty photo


Michael Schmitt is professor emeritus at the U.S. Naval War College. Formerly the chair of the Stockton Center for International Law, he is now the executive editor of its journal, International Law Studies. In 2018, he was the research scholar of the year. He holds the chair of international law at the University of Reading and is G. Norman Lieber distinguished scholar at the U.S. Military Academy, Strauss Center distinguished scholar at the University of Texas, senior fellow at the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and general editor of the Lieber Studies series (Oxford). Professor Schmitt is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Areas of Expertise

  • International Law

Professional Highlights


Professor of International Law

University of Reading (UK)

Chair, Stockton Center for International Law

United States Naval War College

Professor and Dean

George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Judge Advocate

United States Air Force


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 and Publications

Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations
Cambridge University Press, 2017

Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare
Cambridge University Press, 2013

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