PhotoSamuel Pyeatt Menefee is Senior Associate of the Center for National Security Law, and Maury Fellow of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy. A summa cum laude and Scholar of the House graduate of Yale, he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He also holds a Dip. Soc. Anth. and B. Litt. from Oxford, a J.D. from Harvard, an LL.M. and S.J.D. from Virginia, and an M. Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University. Dr. Menefee is the author or editor of four books or monographs and over 130 scholarly articles.

Menefee clerked for the Honorable Pasco M. Bowman (USCA 8th Cir.) and is admitted to the bars of seven states and the District of Columbia. He has been Visiting Lecturer at the University of Cape Town's Institute of Marine Law; Cosmos Fellow at the University of Edinburgh's School of Scottish Studies; Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law; Visiting Professor, Scholar at Large, and Professor of Law at Regent University School of Law; and Adjunct Professor at the World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden. He is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute [FRAI], the Royal Geographic Society [FRGS], the Royal Asiatic Society [FRAS], the Society of Antiquaries (Scot.) [FSA (Scot.)], and the Society of Antiquaries [FSA].

Closely involved with questions of oceans law and maritime violence, Menefee has served as chair of committees of the Maritime Law Association of the U.S. and the Marine Technology Society and as rapporteur for a working group of the Comité Maritime International. He holds positions as IMB Fellow of the I.C.C. - International Maritime Bureau (London), Fellow to the Regional Piracy Centre (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). He is also a member of the I.C.C. Consultative Task Force on Commercial Crime.