Myron H. Nordquist earned his S.J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and was the first Senior Fellow at the School's Center for Oceans Law and Policy.
Dr. Nordquist now serves as the Associate Director and Editor of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy, and as the Senior Fellow for the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. Professor Nordquist was a professor of law at the United States Air Force Academy from July 1993 until December 1998. During the 1995-1996 academic year, he was the Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law at the United States Naval War College. He was Deputy and then Acting General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force from September 1990 until July 1993.
After completing postgraduate work in international law at Cambridge University, Professor Nordquist was an attorney advisor and legislative counsel in the Department of State Office of Legal Adviser from August 1970 until January 1978. While serving in the Office of Legal Adviser, Professor Nordquist was Office Director of the NSC Interagency Task Force on the Law of the Sea and Secretary of the United States Delegation to the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea. He engaged in private law practice in Washington, DC, from February 1978 until September 1990, specializing in international business law. Over the years, he has taught on the adjunct law faculties at American University, George Washington University, and the University of Denver. He was a Ford Foundation Fellow at Cambridge University in 1970 and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the University of Virginia in 1979. The Mellon Foundation supported his editorial work at the University of Virginia School of Law for many years.
Professor Nordquist has edited over 50 books on international law topics. He is Editor-in-Chief of the seven-volume United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982: a Commentary sponsored by the University of Virginia's Center for Oceans Law and Policy. He has authored and delivered uncounted academic presentations as well as numerous scholarly articles or occasional papers, on oceans law, international law and national security law topics. Professor Nordquist is primarily responsible for the substantive planning for the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy and for the Center for Oceans Law and Policy's annual meeting and various programs such as the Doherty Lecture. He also edits the Ocean Center's annual conference proceedings which are published in hardcover and distributed to leading libraries around the world.
Professor Nordquist was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1962 to 1966 making the initial landing at Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam in early 1965. For this action, he received an accelerated promotion and was awarded several combat decorations, including a "V" for valor.