• Craig Martin
    Int'l & Comparative Law - war/Japan
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Craig Martin is a Professor at Washburn University School of Law, specializing in international law, with an emphasis on the use of military force and the law of armed conflict, and comparative law with a focus on war powers in Anglo-American and Japanese constitutional law. His most recent work in international law has been on both the jus ad bellum and int'l humanitarian law aspects of targeted killing with drones. He has also been deeply involved in the heated debate over efforts to revise the war-renouncing provisions of the Constitution of Japan, publishing academic and popular media articles, presenting at conferences in the U.S., Japan, and Europe, and giving extensive media interviews on the issue. Other recent work has been on Alien Tort Claim Statute claims, on which he has done both scholarly work and consulting as an expert for litigation. He is the Co-Director of the International and Comparative Law Center at Washburn Law.

Martin has a B.A. in history from the Royal Military College of Canada, and served four years as a Naval Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, during which time he spent time as a naval attaché in the Canadian Mission to the United Nations in New York City. Following his service he went to study in Japan, where he earned an LL.M. from Osaka University, Graduate School of Law and Politics. Upon returning to Canada he studied at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, graduating with J.D., following which he practiced civil litigation for approximately eight years in Toronto, first at Stikeman Elliott LLP and then Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP. Martin returned to the academy to pursue his doctorate (S.J.D.) at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Upon graduating from Penn he spent a year visiting at the University of Baltimore before moving to Washburn Law. He also continues to teach intensive courses at Osaka University most summers.

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