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James Kraska

Visiting Professor of Law and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization

Spring 2023

James Kraska
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James Kraska is Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Maritime Law and Chair of the Stockton Center for International Law at the U.S. Naval War College, Visiting Professor of Law and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School, and Visiting Professor of Law at Reading University. He also served as Visiting Professor at the College of Law and University of the Philippines, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Gujarat National Law University, and Global. He previously was Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar at Duke University Marine Laboratory, and Chief of Naval Research Fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He is Editor-in-Chief of International Law Studies and the treatise, Benedict on Admiralty: International Maritime Law. He is also a Permanent Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Professor Kraska earned both professional and research doctorates in law and served as a U.S. Navy officer and lawyer, with multiple tours of duty in Japan and the Pentagon.

Education

  • J.D. Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law
  • LL.M. University of Virginia School of Law
  • S.J.D. University of Virginia School of Law

Academic Appointment and Employment History

  • Howard S. Levie Chair, Professor, Stockton Center for the Study of International Law, U.S. Naval War College (2014 - Present)
  • Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University (2013 - 2014)
  • Professor of Law, Stockton Center for the Study of International Law, U.S. Naval War College (2008 - 2013)
  • Oceans Law and Policy Adviser, Joint Staff, Pentagon (2005 - 2007)
  • Deputy Chief of Naval Ops for Plans, Policy & Ops, Pentagon (2002 - 2005)
  • Deputy Legal Adviser, Pentagon (2002 - 2005)
  • International Law Adviser, Office of the Navy Judge Advocate General, Pentagon (2001 - 2002)
  • Legal Adviser, Expeditionary Strike Group Seven/Task Force 76, Japan (1999 - 2001)
  • Legal Adviser, Dep’t of Defense Joint Interagency Task Force West (1996 - 1999)
  • Criminal Trial Litigator, U.S. Naval Legal Service Office, Japan (1993 - 1996)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Marine Policy Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1992 - 1993)