Andru Wall, CDR
USNWC International Law Reserve Unit
Commander Wall received a bachelor of arts in political science/pre-law from Liberty University in May 1989. He graduated from the North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1997 where he received the 1997 Ralph A. Sampson Award, which recognizes the top student in the Evening Program. After graduation from law school, he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps and reported to the Naval Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic as a federal tort claims attorney.
From March 1999 to May 2000, Commander Wall was Staff Judge Advocate for Commander, Amphibious Squadron Six where he completed a six-month Mediterranean and Red Sea deployment, oversaw a Suez Canal grounding investigation, and advised a joint/interagency operation.
Commander Wall joined the faculty of the Naval War College in June 2000 and taught the law of the sea, law of armed conflict, and rules of engagement. He edited Legal and Ethical Lessons of NATO’s Kosovo Campaign (Volume 78, International Law Studies) and published several articles and a book chapter. He also taught national security law at Roger Williams University School of Law, and is an elected member of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy.
In September of 2003, Commander Wall reported as Command Judge Advocate for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida. He deployed to Iraq from October 2004 to March 2005, where he served with Multi-National Force Iraq, Task Force 134 as International Law Advisor and as a Liaison Officer between the Central Criminal Court of Iraq and a special operations intelligence organization.
Commander Wall served as the international law attorney for US Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Sixth Fleet from 2005 to 2007. From August 2007 to August 2009, he served as Staff Judge Advocate for Special Operations Command Central where he deployed throughout Central and Southwest Asia and advised theater special operations forces on critical unconventional warfare, intelligence, fiscal law, and law of war matters.
After leaving active duty, Commander Wall received a LL.M. in International Finance from Harvard Law School. He served as a Senior Attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation before joining Alston & Bird, LLP’s Research Triangle office where his practice focuses on antitrust, complex financial services litigation, and regulatory investigations.
Commander Wall advises a Council on Foreign Relations committee examining U.S. drone strikes policies; he writes and speaks regularly on unconventional warfare, covert action, and the laws of war.
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