Professor Michael N. Schmitt is a Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC). As a non-resident PILAC Fellow, Professor Schmitt conducts research on international law concerning armed conflict.
Professor Schmitt is the Charles H. Stockton Professor and Director of the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He is also Professor of Public International Law at Exeter University in the United Kingdom, Senior Fellow at the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, and Editor-in-Chief of International Law Studies. Professor Schmitt was previously Professor of International Law at Durham University, Dean of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany, and General Editor of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law. Before joining the Marshall Center, Professor Schmitt served 20 years in the United States Air Force as a judge advocate specializing in operational and international law. His military service includes deployments to Operation Provide Comfort and Operation Northern Watch.
Professor Schmitt has been an invited visiting scholar at Melbourne University, Australian National University, and Yale Law School, and has delivered the Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture at Melbourne University, the Hilaire McCoubrey Lecture at Hull University, and the Waldemar Solf Lecture at the US Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. He serves on many boards of institutions, learned and professional societies, and publications dealing with international humanitarian law. A Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, his academic degrees include a D.Litt. (Durham University), J.D. (University of Texas), LL.M. (Yale University), M.A. (Naval War College), and M.A. (Texas State University).