John J. Merriam, Major
Associate Director for Law of Land Warfare
Stockton Center for the Study of International Law
Major John J. Merriam joined the faculty of the Stockton Center for International Law as Associate Director for Land Warfare and Associate Professor in June 2014 after graduating from the Naval War College with highest distinction (first in class). Before coming to the War College, Major Merriam served in a variety of international and operational law positions including as a Special Forces Group Judge Advocate and a Brigade Combat Team Judge Advocate.
He has served in numerous overseas assignments including Germany, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His overseas operational assignments include Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for Joint Special Operations Task Force - Odyssey Dawn during operations in Libya, forward-deployed to Afghanistan as Group Judge Advocate for 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and as Brigade Judge Advocate, 1st Brigade (Stryker), 25th Infantry Division (Light) in Mosul, Iraq.
Major Merriam’s degrees include a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History, University of Notre Dame, 1996; a Juris Doctor (J.D.), Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2001; Master of Laws (L.L.M.), Military Law (International and Operational Law Specialty), The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, 2010; and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, 2014.
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