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:

Climate Security, Energy Security, and the Russia-Ukraine War

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May 11th, 2022

The Operational and Legal Risks of a No-Fly Zone Over Ukrainian Skies

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Mar 10th, 2022

The Russia-Ukraine Conflict, the Black Sea, and the Montreux Convention

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Feb 28th, 2022

2022 Update: Good Governance Paper No. 6: Domestic Military Operations

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Jan 25th, 2022

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

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Sep 23rd, 2021

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

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Jun 23rd, 2021

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

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Apr 12th, 2021

Is Climate Change a National Emergency?

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Feb 25th, 2021

Tragedy at the Capitol: Four Questions that Demand Answers

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Jan 9th, 2021

Important Context Missing from the Austin Nomination Debate

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Dec 17th, 2020

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

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Dec 2nd, 2020

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

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Oct 21st, 2020

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

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Oct 20th, 2020

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

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Jul 15th, 2020

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

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Jun 2nd, 2020

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

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Mar 25th, 2020

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

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Mar 16th, 2020

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

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Jan 8th, 2020

Climate Change Denialism Poses a National Security Threat

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Sep 20th, 2019

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

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Jun 28th, 2019

Climate Change: Our Greatest National Security Threat?

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Apr 17th, 2019

The US-Philippines Defense Treaty and the Pompeo Doctrine on South China Sea

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Mar 11th, 2019