LIEUTENANT COLONEL MICHAEL NEWTON is a highly sought after speaker on accountability and conduct of hostilities issues. As the former Senior Advisor to the United States Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes Issues in the Department of State, he implemented a wide range of policy positions related to the law of armed conflict, including U.S. support to accountability mechanisms. He provided assistance to the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the preparation of war crimes prosecutions, and served in Sierra Leone as the U.S. representative on the U.N. Planning Mission for the Sierra Leone Special Court. He has taught Iraqi jurists and was active in the effort to establish the Iraq Special Tribunal. He received his J.D. and LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law and is a member of the Virginia Bar. He is a Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University this academic year.
His publications include the editing of three law books (Operational Law Handbook, 1998; Cases and Materials on Intelligence Law, 3d ed., 1998; and Cases and Materials on Intelligence Law, 2d ed. 1997.) as well as authoring the International Law Deskbook, 1997-1998. His most current articles include: Harmony or Hegemony? The American Military Role in the Pursuit of Justice, 19 Conn. J. Int'l Law, 231 (2004), Legal Obligations and Training of Special Operations Forces, Project on the Means of Invervention, III Workshop Papers 40, The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government (2004), Humanitarian Protection in Future Wars, in 8 International Peacekeeping: The Yearbook of International Peace Operations 349 (2004), Guantanamo: Apply Detainee Precedent, National Law Journal 34 , Dec. 8, 2003 (co-authored with David A. Wallace), "A View From the Trenches": The Military Role in the Pursuit of Justice, 35 C. Wes. Res. J. Int'l L. 287 (2003), and International Criminal Law Aspects of the War Against Terrorism, in International Law and the War On Terror, 79 U.S. Naval War College International Law Studies 323 (2003).
Recent presentations include: "The Military Lawyer: Nuisance or Necessity," a paper presented to the XXVIIIth Roundtable on Current Problems in International Humanitarian Law, International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo, Italy, September 2, 2004; "Targeting in the Modern Milieu, International Humanitarian Law and Current Conflicts: New Challenges and Dilemmas," for the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, Harvard University School of Public Health and the International Committee of the Red Cross, July 30, 2004; "The International Criminal Court and United States Policy," at the Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law, National Security Law Seminar, June 14, 2004; "The Law and Practice of Targeting in Military Operations," at the International Institute for Humanitarian Law, San Remo, Italy, March 29, 2004; a one-hour live broadcast on the National Public Radio program, "Connections," entitled "The Ethical Warrior," broadcast live on March 4, 2004; "Targeting in the New Age of Warfare," at the Workshop on International Criminal Law Regimes, co-sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency and a non-federal Private entity, Policy Futures, 25-26 February 2004; "Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters: The Special Tribunal for Iraq," at the Cornell School of Law, Ithaca, New York, February 18, 2004; and, "Justice Efforts in Sierra Leone and Iraq: Common Trends and Key Disparities," to the New York City Bar Association, African Affairs Committee, Feb. 9, 2004.