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Center Director John Norton Moore, Associate Director and Editor Myron H. Nordquist, and Maury Fellow Samuel P. Menefee all maintain a rigorous yearly schedule of teaching, publishing, researching, organizing national conferences, testifying before congressional committees, and meeting with law students.

Professor John Norton MooreProfessor John Norton Moore, Director

Professor Moore is the Walter L. Brown Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, Director of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy, and Director of the Center for National Security Law. He is the author or editor of thirty-eight books and over 170 scholarly articles and served for two decades on the editorial board of the American Journal of International Law, where he is currently an Honorary Editor. In addition to his scholarly career, Professor Moore has a distinguished record of public service. Among seven Presidential appointments, he has served two terms as the Senate confirmed Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace and, as the first Chairman, set up this new agency. He also served as the Counselor on International Law to the Department of State, and as Ambassador and Deputy Special Representative of the President to the Law of the Sea Conference, a Member of the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere, Chairman of the National Security Council Interagency Task Force on the Law of the Sea, and as a Deputy Agent of the United States before the International Court of Justice in the Nicaragua case. He further served as the Legal Adviser to Kuwait during the Gulf War and as their Legal Adviser in the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Boundary Demarcation Commission after the war. He prepared the first draft of what became the Community of Democracies for Freedom House. Viewed by many as the founder of the field of national security law, Professor Moore chaired the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security for four terms. His work today focuses on the origins and control of war, democracy and the rule of law, the oceans frontier, and national security challenges.

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Professor Myron NordquistProfessor Myron H. Nordquist, Associate Director and Editor

Myron is the Associate Director and Editor, Center for Oceans Law and Policy, and Senior Fellow at the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. He is Editor-in-Chief of the seven-volume Virginia commentary series, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982: a Commentary. Professor Nordquist was formerly a Professor of Law, United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and the Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College. He also served as Attorney/Legislative Counsel, Department of State; Deputy General Counsel, Department of the Air Force; and Acting General Counsel, Department of the Air Force. Professor Nordquist was Alternate Representative and Secretary of the US Delegation to the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea. Professor Nordquist is the editor or author of over 50 books, several dozen proceedings, and many other scholarly publications.

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Satya N. NandanMr. Satya N. Nandan, Distinguished Senior Fellow

Ambassador Satya N. Nandan, C.F., C.B.E., was the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority 1996-2009.  He served earlier as Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Fiji and as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Law of the Sea. He is currently Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia School of Law. Ambassador Nandan was among the leaders of the third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea and Chairman of the negotiating groups on a number of key issues before the Conference.  As Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Law of the Sea, he lead the consultations on outstanding issues relating to the regime for deep seabed mining which had prevented the industrialized countries from accepting the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.  The consultations resulted in the 1994 Agreement to implement the provisions of Part XI of the Convention which opened the door to universal participation in the 1982 Convention.  Ambassador Nandan has written extensively on the Law of the Sea, the United Nations, and related matters. He serves as general editor of the Law of the Sea commentary series, consisting of seven volumes published by the University of Virginia Center for Ocean Law and Policy.

CV with publications by Mr. Nandan ~ Full biography of Mr. Nandan

Dr. Samuel MenefeeDr. Samuel Pyeatt Menefee, Maury Fellow

Sam is the Maury Fellow of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy. A summa cum laude and Scholar of the House graduate of Yale University, he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He also holds graduate degrees from Harvard, Virginia, and Cambridge. Dr. Menefee is the author or editor of four books or monographs, and some 130 contributions to law reviews, professional journals, and books, including the Dictionary of National Biography and the Oxford Companion to World Exploration. 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 School of Law and Professor of Law at Regent University School of Law. Dr. Menefee is a member of seven state bars and the District of Columbia's and a Fellow of numerous academic societies.

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Dr. Samuel MenefeeDr. James Kraska, Senior Fellow

James is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy and a Senior Fellow of the Center for National Security Law. Dr. Kraska is Professor in the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the Naval War College, where he previously served as Howard S. Levie Chair in International Law from 2008-13. He is a veteran of two decades of service as a Navy JAG officer, and previously served as Director of Treaty Negotiations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he led armed forces policy laws of war, arms control, and nonproliferation, and headed the Pentagon delegation to the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks with Russia in 2007. A leading authority on maritime terrorism and maritime piracy, Commander Kraska is the author or co-author of numerous law journal and peer-reviewed articles, and six books, including International Maritime Security Law (2013) and Piracy: International Law, Strategy and Diplomacy (2010). He helped draft UN Security Council Resolution 1816 on Somali piracy and prepared U.S. guidance used in detention of captured piracy suspects. Dr. Kraska has been involved with international negotiations with more than fifty countries, including Proliferation Security Initiative counter-proliferation treaties. In 2011 he was awarded the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement from the U.S. Navy League.  He earned both LL.M. and SJD degrees from the University of Virginia School of Law. Publications list

Administrative Staff


Judy EllisJudith A. Ellis, Editor and Oceans Event Organizer

Judy, a graduate of UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago, has been an editor with the Center since May 2005. She edits all of the Center's publications. She organizes the annual conference and coordinates the Rhodes Academy. Judy maintains this Web site and Professor Moore's class Web sites. She also handles Professor Moore's course material.


Bill Lacy, Grants Administrator

Bill Lacy is responsible for the annual budget and all financial matters; oversees grants and their requirements as well as assists with the Center's conferences and workshops. He also provides assistance for visiting scholars. He joined our staff in 2015 and is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Harvard University.



Copenhagen mermaidMer McLernon, Executive Assistant to the Director

Mer (Mary Ellen) McLernon, Professor Moore's busy executive assistant, organizes his correspondence, appointments, student meetings, provides office reception, and assists with conferences. She joined our staff summer 2011 and is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo.