Areas of Expertise:

  • International Criminal Law
  • Military Justice
  • Criminal Trial Advocacy
  • Criminal Law
  • International Humanitarian Law

Richard V. Meyer


Director of the Foreign Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program




  • Columbia Law School, Columbia University, New York, NY, J.S.D., 2011
    • ABD. Expected defense, December 2012
  • Columbia Law School, Columbia University, New York, NY, LL.M., 2007
    • Concentrations: Comparative Law, Jurisprudence
    • Kent Scholar (Highest Academic Award)
  • The Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army, Charlottesville, VA, LL.M., 2002
    • Concentrations: Military Law, Administrative Law, Intelligence Law
  • Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, IL, J.D., 1993
    • cum laude
  • Illinois State University, Normal, IL, B.A., 1989
    • Concentration:  Russian Area Studies


Professional Experience:


  • Director, LL.M. Program, Mississippi College School of Law, June 2011 - present
    • Courses Directed & Taught: Courses Directed & Taught: Introduction to American Law; Legal English for Foreign Lawyers; Contracts I; Contracts II; International & Comparative Criminal Law, Torts I, Torts II
  • Senior Fellow, United States Military Academy: Center for the Rule of Law, August 2011 - present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Columbia Law School, August 2008 - present
    • Course Directed & Taught:  The Law of Genocide
    • Independent Research Faculty Advisor on Forty-Five Projects & Four Journal Notes
  • Editorial Committee, Journal of International Criminal Justice, June 2011 - present 
  • Associate Professor, United States Military Academy, August 2007 - August 2011
    • Courses Directed:  Comparative Law, Jurisprudence
    • Courses Taught:  Jurisprudence, Comparative Law, Constitutional & Military Law, Intro to Law & Legal Studies
    • Honors Thesis Faculty Advisor
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland University College, January 1999 - January 2000
    • Course Directed & Taught:  Business Law 
  • Adjunct Professor, Western International University, January 1996 - June 1997
    • Courses Directed & Taught:  Legal Issues in Information Systems, Legal Issues in Information Systems Management 
  • Legal Instructor & Writer, United States Military Intelligence School, January 1995 - April 1997
    • Courses Directed & Taught:  Intelligence Law IOBC, Intelligence Law IOAC, Counter-Intelligence Law 35E, Military Justice, The Law of War, Interdiction and Counter-Drug & Posse Comitias, Intelligence Law in Combating Terrorism, Pre-Command Course in Intelligence Law for Intelligence Battalion and Brigade Commanders, Human Source Operations Law




  • The Privilege of Belligerency and Formal Declarations of War, Book Chapter Published within Targeted Killings:  Law and Morality in an Asymetrical World, Edited by Claire Finkelstei, Jens Ohlin & Andrew Altman, Oxford University Publications (2012)
  • The Natural Right to Intervene:  The Evolution of the Concepts of Justification and Excuse for Both State and Individual, (with Max Maxwell), 7 INT’L CRIM. JUST. 555 (2009)  (PEER REVIEWED)
  • A Plea for Defending Humanity, 7 INT’L CRIM. JUST. 521 (2009) (PEER REVIEWED)
  • Following Historical Precedent: An Argument for the Continued Use of Military Professionals as Triers of Fact in Some Humanitarian Law Tribunals, 7 INT’L CRIM. JUST. 43 (2009) (PEER REVIEWED)
  • When a Rose is Not a Rose: Military Commissions V. Courts-Martial, 5 INT’L CRIM. JUST. 48 (2007)  (PEER REVIEWED)
  • The Principle of Distinction: Probing the Limits of its Customariness (with Max Maxwell), 2007 ARMY LAW. 1 (2007)
  • Book Review, 173 MIL. L. REV. 153 (2002) (reviewing JEFF SHAARA, RISE TO REBELLION (2001))
  • Military Commissions v. Courts-Martial, Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice 418 (2008) (PEER REVIEWED)
  • U.S. v. McMonagle, Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice 804 (2008) (PEER REVIEWED)



Pedagogical Training & Honors:


  • Admitted to Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society for excellence in teaching at the collegiate level, April 2010
  • Six semesters of excellent student evaluations (mean 4.64 of 5.0); top five percent of all instructors at U.S.M.A., August 2007 - May 2010
  • Certified Master Teacher.  Successfully completed a two year teacher development program by the Center for Teaching Excellence, U.S.M.A., West Point, NY, May 2009
  • Selected as Best Instructor at the Military Intelligence School, December 1996
  • Certified Small Group Instructor.  Successfully completed a 40 hour training program in small group instruction by Training & Doctrine Command.  Military Intelligence School, Fort Huachuca, AZ, November 1996
  • Certified Instructor.  Successfully completed a 120 basic instructor training program by Training & Doctrine Command. Military Intelligence School, Fort Huachuca, AZ, February 1995


Lectures, Addresses, Seminars, Invited Presentations, and Panel Participations (selected listing):


  • “The Ethics of Secrecy in Military Operations,” Ethic Of Secrecy Conference, University of Pennsylvania Law School, May 18th 2012 (Presenter)
  • “Re-evaluating the Meaning of War,” Italian Mission to the United Nations, NY, NY 
  • September 6th, 2011(Presenter)
  • “Evaluating Issues Within Military Commissions Raised by the Film The Response”, New York City Bar Association, New York , NY October 2, 2010, (Panelist)
  • “Comparing Aspects of Military and International Criminal Law Jurisprudence”, the Telford Taylor Memorial Conference. Columbia Law School, New York, NY September 17, 2010 (Discussant and Conference Organizer)
  • “What Happens to the Rule of Law in Time of War,” West Point Association of Graduates, West Point, NY, August 5, 2010 (Keynote Speaker)
  • “Building a foundation for the Rule of Law,” Armed Forces of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia, June 17th, 2010 (Speaker)
  • “Intervening in Genocide and Mass Atrocities,” Yale Law School, New Haven CT, March 9, 2010 (Panelist)
  • “Tackling Discrimination as a Precursor to Genocide,” Center for the Rule of Law Inaugural Conference, 
  • West Point, New York, April 16, 2009 (Moderator, Discussant)
  • “An Open Discussion of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Columbia Law School, New York, NY, May 6, 2009 (Panelist)
  • “The Role of the Military in Preventing War Crimes” Columbia Law School, New York, NY, May 6, 2009 (Moderator)
  • “An Analysis of Shari’a Law and It’s Place in the West” Global Alliance Islamic Law Workshop, West Point, NY, November 21, 2008 (Moderator/Discussant
  • “The Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates:  Lessons for Today” United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, October 8, 2008 (Panelist
  • “Symposium on George P. Fletcher and Jens Ohlin’s Defending Humanity: When Force is Justified and Why (2008)”  Columbia Law School, New York, NY, March 31, 2008 (Panelist
  •  “An Introduction to the United States Civil Law System,” presented at Augsburg, Wurzburg, Nuremburg & Bayreuth Law Schools in Bavaria, Germany in on various dates in the year 2000. (Guest Lecturer)


Legal Practice:


  • Judge Advocate, U.S. Army, December 1993 - July 2006
    • Recognized Expert:  Investigations, Criminal Law and Trial Advocacy.  
    • Practice Areas:  Criminal Law & Military Justice, International Law, Administrative Law, Property, Investigations, Operational Law, National Security Law, Intelligence Law, Civil Law, Family Law, Fiscal Law, Medical Law, & Environmental Law.