US Naval War College — Professor of International Law Howard S. Levie Professor of the Law of Armed Conflict AD-1701-07

The President, United States Naval War College in Newport, RI, invites applications for the position of Howard S. Levie Professor of the Law of Armed Conflict in the Stockton Center for International Law Department of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies.

The Naval War College is a Professional Military Education (PME) institution serving the nation, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy. U.S. and selected international graduates earn Master of Arts degrees in National Security & Strategic Studies or Defense & Strategic Studies accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. The College educates and develops future leaders through the development of strategic perspective, critical thinking, and cultural awareness, as well as enhancing the capability to advise senior leaders and policy makers. The College also helps to define the future Navy and its roles and missions; supports combat readiness; strengthens global maritime partnerships; and promotes ethics and leadership throughout the force. More information on the college can be found at

Stockton Center for International Law Department. The Stockton Center for International Law 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. 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.

The Howard S. Levie Professor of the Law of Armed Conflict is under the supervision of the Chairman, Stockton Center for International Law in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies.

Responsibilities. The Levie Professor is responsible for conducting advanced operational and international law research and writing, mentoring military professor faculty from the armed forces of the United States and its allies, teaching, and engaging internationally in order to inform and shape the legal battlespace for the U.S. Naval, joint and combined force. The incumbent will use his or her experience, background, training, and education for the following:

a. Demonstrate mastery of and influence the trajectory and shape of international law applicable to U.S. Naval operations in peacetime and during armed conflict through scholarly research and publications in the areas of law of the sea, maritime security operational law, the law of armed conflict and law of naval warfare, with particular emphasis on Naval and Combined peacetime and wartime operations in the INDO-PACIFIC theater through scholarly research and publication in the areas of law of the sea, law of armed conflict and law of naval warfare;
b. Shape the international law applicable to Naval operations of the geographic combatant commands and functional commands, including Navy Special Warfare, Military Sealift and other commands, through scholarly research and publication, especially as it related to advanced military technology challenges in the Naval threat environment, including legal aspects of naval autonomous warships, outer space and cyber applications in warfighting, artificial intelligence, and other military technologies applicable to the Naval Service;
c. Lead and mentor and civilian and military professors assigned to the Stockton Center in individual and team research projects that influence the trajectory and shape of international law applicable to joint, Naval and combined forces, especially at the operational and strategic levels;
d. Effectively engage in international law dialogue up to the national level with nations consequential to the United States in an era of great power competition to influence and shape understanding of law of the sea, law of naval warfare and the law of armed conflict;
e. Publish influential scholarly articles and books in the United States and abroad in the field of international law applicable to Naval, joint and combined operations, with particular emphasis on the law of armed conflict, law of naval warfare, and the law of the sea;

Qualifications. Essential qualifications include a J.D. degree and an advanced degree in international law, such as LL.M., S.J.D., or Ph.D. and demonstrated experience serving in a policy or analysis role in one or more of the following areas: international law of armed conflict, law of naval warfare, law of the sea or international law and military operations. The most successful candidates may have also served as an adviser to senior military and civilian leaders within the Department of Defense, possess an extensive record of relevant scholarly publications and have proven experience contributing to international law conferences and engagements.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens and capable of obtaining a Department of Defense TOP SECRET/SCI security clearance. The selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment drug screening test and to random drug testing thereafter. Any current or prior military service should be described including assignments, positions held, highest rank attained, and dates of service.

Salary Considerations. Salary is competitive and accompanied by a generous federal benefit package that includes health insurance and retirement saving plans, paid vacation and sick leave, and other benefits. Rank and salary are commensurate with experience and credentials in accordance with the Department of the Navy Faculty Pay Schedule.

Applications. Applicants must reference VA#NWC-20-06 and submit their application package to: The application package must include: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) names and contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2020.

Active duty members may apply under this announcement but are subject to eligibility requirements of the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (VOW). Active duty members MUST submit a statement of service printed on command letterhead and signed by the command. The statement of service MUST provide the branch, rate/rank, all dates of service, the expected date of discharge and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). Please note: you will be ineligible for consideration if your statement of service is not submitted with your application or it shows an expected discharge or release date greater than 120 days after being submitted with your application.

Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of Title 5 United States Code 3326.

Questions should be directed to the search committee point of contact, Dr. James Kraska at

The Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.