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

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


Michael Schmitt is professor emeritus and the Stockton Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Naval War College. Formerly, he was the chair of the Stockton Center for International Law, the NWC research scholar of the year in 2018, the 2007-2008 Charles H. Stockton Visiting Professor, and in 2006 graduated first in class from the College of Naval Warfare. Professor Schmitt presently holds the chair of international law at the University of Reading and is the G. Norman Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the U.S. Military Academy. Professor Schmitt is the general editor of the Lieber Studies series (Oxford) and directed the Tallinn Manual project on cyber operations between 2009 and 2023.

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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