Mark Maxwell

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Mark Maxwell

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As of July 2015, Mark “Max” Maxwell became the Deputy Legal Counsel for U.S. Africa Command. He was a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps for 25-years. He ended his military career as the first Strategic Initiatives Officer for the JAG Corps. Previously, from July 2011 to July 2013, Max was the Staff Judge Advocate for V (5th) Corps and concurrently, while deployed to Afghanistan from June 2012 to May 2013, he was the Legal Advisor for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Joint Command.

Max grew up in the Tidewater area of North Carolina. He attended undergraduate at Duke University, majoring in economics and history. While at Duke, he was in ROTC and received his military commission. He then attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1990, he graduated from Chapel Hill, became a member of the North Carolina State Bar, and entered the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate.

During his military career, he graduated from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in 1999 (LL.M. and Commandant’s List); the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 2004 (Distinguished Graduate); and the National War College in 2011 (M.S. and Distinguished Graduate).

Max enjoys writing and has published over 20 articles. His latest law review article is The Innocent Combatant: Preserving Their Jus In Bello Protections in the Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs. He recently authored a chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of Sustainable Peace and Security in Africa and the Foreword for the 2d edition of The Law In War: A Concise Overview.

Max is married to Mary and they have a wonderful son, David.

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