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Michael A. Newton

Email: mike.newton@vanderbilt.edu
Phone: (615) 322-2912


Michael Newton is Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School. Prior to joining the Vanderbilt Law faculty this year, he served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Law, United States Military Academy. His principal responsibilities at Vanderbilt will involve teaching practice-based courses relating to international law and developing externships and other educational opportunities for students interested in international legal issues.

Professor Newton has developed a broad network of contacts with federal government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, international tribunals, and non-governmental organizations based on his many years of work on behalf of the United States government relating to international law in general and international criminal law in particular.

In his previous capacity as the Senior Advisor to the United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, he implemented a wide range of policies relating to the law of armed conflict and international criminal law. He has served as an advisor to Iraqi jurists on international legal issues and was active in the effort to establish the Iraq Special Tribunal. He was the U.S. representative on the U.N. Planning Mission for the Sierra Leone Special Court and was a member of the academic consortium supporting the work of the Special Court. From January 1999 to August 2000, he served as the Special Advisor in the Office of War Crimes Issues, where he negotiated the Elements of Crimes document for the International Criminal Court. He also coordinated information-sharing between the FBI and the Yugoslav Tribunal and worked in Kosovo on forensics fieldwork in support of the indictment of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

Professor Newton began his distinguished military career after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as an armor officer in the 4th Battalion, 68th Armor, Fort Carson, Colorado until his selection for the Judge Advocate General's Funded Legal Education Program. Professor Newton received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in May 1990, and an LLM. in international law from the University of Virginia in 2001. He is a member of the Virginia Bar and has published numerous scholarly articles.

In his capacity as an operational military attorney, Professor Newton served with the United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina in support of units participating in Desert Storm. Following duty as the Chief of Operational Law, he served as the Group Judge Advocate for the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and then six months as an Administrative Law Attorney. Professor Newton deployed on Operation Provide Comfort in Northern Iraq, as well as a number of other exercises and operations. From 1993-1995 he was reassigned as the Brigade Judge Advocate for the 194th Armored Brigade (Separate), during which time he organized and led the human rights and rules of engagement education for all Multinational Forces and International Police deploying into Haiti.
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