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Michael Schmitt

Areas of interest

  • Public International Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Cyber Law
  • Use of force

Research centres and groups

Background

Michael Schmitt is Professor of International Law at the University of Reading. Additionally, he is the G. Norman Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the Lieber Institute of the United States Military Academy (West Point); a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Texas; and the Charles H. Stockton Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the US Naval War College. Professor Schmitt is a Senior Fellow at the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Senior Research Associate at Hebrew University, Honorary Professor at Exeter University’s Security and Strategy Institute, Affiliate at Harvard's Program on International Law and Armed Conflict, Executive Editor of International Law Studies, and General Editor of the Lieber Studies series (OUP).

Previously, he was Professor of International Law at the University of Exeter and Durham University, Dean of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany, and General Editor of International Law Studies and the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law. He served 20 years in the United States Air Force as a judge advocate specializing in operational and international law.

Professor Schmitt has been an invited visiting scholar at Melbourne University, Australian National University, Yale Law School, and Emory University. He has delivered many named and annual lectures, including the inaugural Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies Annual Lecture, the Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen Annual Law Lecture, James Crawford Biennial Lecture at Adelaide Law School, Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture at Melbourne University, and the Waldemar Solf Lecture at the US Army's Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School.

Professor Schmitt serves on many boards of institutions, learned and professional societies, and publications dealing with international law in numerous countries. The author of over 200 scholarly publications, Michael is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the US State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law. Also a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on International Law, in 2017 he was awarded the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana by the President of Estonia for his work in promoting cyber defence and in 2018 was named the United States Naval War College's Research Scholar of the year.

Academic qualifications

D.Litt (Durham University); JD (University of Texas); LL.M (Yale University); MA (US Naval War College); MA, BA (Texas State University)

Awards and honours

Michael is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and also a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on International Law,

In 2017, he was awarded the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana by the President of Estonia for his work in promoting cyber defence, and in 2018, Michael was named the United States Naval War College's Research Scholar of the year.

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on International Law
  • Advisory Board, Institute for International Peace and Security, Cologne University
  • Board of Directors, International Society for Military Law and the Law of War
  • General Editor, Lieber Studies, Oxford University Press
  • Executive Editor, International Law Studies
  • Editorial Board, International Review of the Red Cross
  • Editorial Board, Journal of National Security Law and Policy
  • Editorial Board, Just Security.org
  • Board of Recommendation, Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law
  • Editorial Board, Journal of International Peacekeeping
  • Advisory Board, Journal of Military Ethics
  • Advisory Board, International Humanitarian Law Series, Brill
  • Advisory Board, Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare
  • Editorial Council, Estonian Journal of Military Studies

Publications