Dr. James Kraska, Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy
Commander Kraska served as legal adviser to joint and naval task force commanders in the Asia-Pacific, two tours in Japan and in four Pentagon major staff assignments, including as oceans law and policy adviser as well as chief of international treaty negotiations, both on the Joint Staff.
Commander Kraska has taught and lectured at numerous academic and military institutions, including The Hague Academy of International Law, Stanford Law School, National Defense University, and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy. He has consulted on oceans law and policy issues for international organizations, research institutions, and private companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Commander Kraska has published more than 80 articles and book chapters, including articles in Yale Journal of International Law, Stanford Journal of International Law, Georgetown Journal of International Law, The American Interest, Journal of International Affairs (Columbia University), Comparative Strategy, Current History and Orbis (Foreign Policy Research Institute). His books include Maritime Power and the Law of the Sea (Oxford University Press 2010) and Contemporary Maritime Piracy (Praeger Security 2011), is editor of Arctic Security in an Age of Climate Change (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and General Series Editor of Nijhoff International Oceans Law Handbooks.
He earned a doctor of juridical science (J.S.D.) and master’s degree in international law (LL.M.) from University of Virginia School of Law and a professional doctor of jurisprudence (J.D.) from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington. Kraska also completed a master’s degree from the School of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate School. In 2010, he was selected for the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement by the Navy League of the United States.