Stockton Center for International Law

The Stockton Center is an internationally recognized research institute for the study of international law and military operations that produces original analysis for national decision-makers, senior military leaders, scholars, and legal practitioners throughout the world in order to better grasp the role of international law in naval, Joint, and Combined operations.

Stockton Center for International Law

About The Stockton Center

The Stockton Center focuses on the most vexing questions of international law, often by conducting focused research workshops that bring together leading thinkers from government, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, academia, and the private sector to explore them.

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Workshops & More

The Stockton Center annually hosts legal research workshops on emergent issues drawing many of the world’s leading international law experts. The Center also co-hosts an annual International Law of Military Operations course and Maritime Security Cooperation Workshop for legal advisors from the U.S. and abroad. The Center provides legal support to War Games, and when requested, advice to the Fleet and other Department of Defense entities on a variety of international, operational, and maritime legal issues.

International Law Studies (ILS)

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The Center also serves as the Primary Review Authority for the Commander’s Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations.


Faculty at the Center serve as faculty for International Institute of Humanitarian Law courses on the Law of Armed Conflict, the law of naval operations, and the rules of engagement, and as guest lecturers at various international law conferences.

Stockton Chair

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Levie Chair

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Stockton Center for International Law Faculty

Our experienced and renowned faculty have years of earned expertise across a wide range of naval and educational topics. To learn more, please use the link below to access the online directory.

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