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NEWPORT, R.I. - The U.S. Naval War College's Professor James Kraska published a chapter entitled 'Rule Selection in the Case of Israel's Naval Blockade of Gaza: Law of Naval Warfare or Law of the Sea?" in volume 13 of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law.
Professor James Kraska
Kraska's contribution analyzes the rule set applicable to the Gaza maritime blockade and concludes that the law of naval warfare, rather than the peacetime law of the sea, is the appropriate framework for analyzing the legality of Israel's actions.

The Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law is published annually by the Cambridge University Press.

Kraska serves as the Howard S. Levie Chair of Operational Law in NWC's International Law Department. He is a judge advocate and commander in the U.S. Navy. He also holds appointments as a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and as a Guest Investigator at the Marine Policy Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. His more recent publications include the books "Maritime Power and the Law of the Sea: Expeditionary Operations in World Politics" and "Arctic Security in an Age of Climate Change."

He holds both a research doctorate and professional doctorate in law, having earned a doctor of juridical science (S.J.D) from the University of Virginia and a doctor of jurisprudence (J.D.) from Indiana University, Bloomington.


By Cmdr. Carla McCarthy, Naval War College Public Affairs