Myron H. Nordquist

Professor Myron

Dr. Myron H. Nordquist is a Senior Fellow at CNSL and Associate Director and Editor of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy. His professional career includes government service, private law practice and academia. He attended Oregon State University on an NROTC scholarship, and upon graduation, was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. His infantry battalion made the initial landing at Chu Lai, Vietnam, in early 1965. Nordquist earned his first law degree at California Western University and he was awarded a Ford Foundation scholarship for post-graduate law studies at Cambridge University. In 1970, he accepted an attorney-advisor position in the Office of Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State. Shortly thereafter, Nordquist was named Office Director and Legislative Counsel of the NSC Interagency Task Force on the Law of the Sea on the staff of the Deputy Secretary of State, an office led by then Ambassador John Norton Moore. In 1978, he entered into private practice in Washington, DC while engaging in adjunct law teaching at George Washington and American University Law Schools. Nordquist was named Deputy General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force in 1990, where he served in 1973 as Acting General Counsel prior to joining the law faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was a tenured Professor of Law at the Academy and during the academic year 1995-96 was the Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law at the Naval War College. In 1999, Nordquist served as General Counsel to his home state U.S. Senator Conrad Burns and began his formal affiliation with the UVA Law School, where he had earned an SJD. Over his career Nordquist has authored or edited more than 60 books and numerous articles or other scholarly works, including the eight-volume Virginia Commentary on the Law of the Sea Convention. Additional information about Professor Nordquist, including his publications.