Mark Nevitt

Mark P. Nevitt (@MarkNevitt) Commander, JAGC (ret.) is an Associate Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law. He was previously the Class of 1971 Distinguished Military Professor of Leadership & Law at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and a Sharswood Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. 

Prior to law school, Prof. Nevitt served as a naval tactical jet aviator, accumulating 290 aircraft carrier arrested landings, 1,000 flight hours and was awarded the Air Medal.  Originally from Rhode Island, Professor Nevitt received his J.D. and LL.M. with distinction from the Georgetown University Law Center. During law school, he served as a White House Military Social Aide and taught Street Law at Anacostia High School. 

His Navy JAG assignments have included serving as a criminal defense counsel in Lemoore, California; international law and ethics attorney with the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy; Deputy Director for Administrative Law for the Office of the Judge Advocate General at the Pentagon; and the Department of Defense’s Regional Environmental Counsel in Norfolk, Virginia.  During his tenure in Norfolk, Mark tackled emerging legal and policy issues posed by the intersection of climate change and national security. More recently, Mark helped provide legal advice to the Navy’s investigation into the Iranian detention of U.S. Navy sailors in Farsi Island, investigating issues of international, national security, and administrative law.

Prof. Nevitt has written on environmental, climate change, and national security law for the Harvard Environmental Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Georgia Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Cardozo Law Review, and Oxford Press.  Following his 20 years of naval service, Prof. Nevitt joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 2017-19 as a Sharswood Fellow where he developed and taught two courses on climate change and national security law.  He joined the Naval Academy faculty in 2019.

The views expressed here are the author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Defense, the United States Navy, or any other department or agency of the United States Government.

Articles by this author:

China, Climate Change, Credibility: Why It’s (Finally) Time for the US to Join the Law of the Sea Convention


Sep 23rd, 2021

NATO’s Renewed Focus on Climate Change & Security: What You Need to Know


Jun 23rd, 2021

Should the COVID-19 Vaccine Be Required for the Military?


Apr 12th, 2021

Is Climate Change a National Emergency?


Feb 25th, 2021

Tragedy at the Capitol: Four Questions that Demand Answers


Jan 9th, 2021

Important Context Missing from the Austin Nomination Debate


Dec 17th, 2020

Climate Change, National Security, & the New Commander-in-Chief


Dec 2nd, 2020

Good Governance Paper No. 6 (Part Two): Domestic Military Operations — The Role of the National Guard, Posse Comitatus Act and More


Oct 21st, 2020

Good Governance Paper No. 6 (Part One): Domestic Military Operations — Reforming the Insurrection Act


Oct 20th, 2020

Secretary Pompeo’s Surprising Defense of International Law, Allies, and the Law of the Sea Convention


Jul 15th, 2020

The President and the Domestic Deployment of the Military: Answers to Five Key Questions


Jun 2nd, 2020

Military’s Response to the Coronavirus Crisis: Top 10 Principles


Mar 25th, 2020

The Coronavirus, Emergency Powers, and the Military: What You Need to Know


Mar 16th, 2020

Trump’s Threat to Target Iranian Cultural Sites: Illegal Under International, Domestic and Military Law


Jan 8th, 2020

Climate Change Denialism Poses a National Security Threat


Sep 20th, 2019

The Missing Piece in US-Iran Drone Dispute: Navigational Freedoms and the Strait of Hormuz


Jun 28th, 2019