Michael W. Meier

Mike Meier

Michael W. Meier

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Michael W. Meier is a Visiting Professor at Emory University School of Law and the Acting Director of the Emory International Humanitarian Law Clinic. He recently retired from his position as the senior civilian advisor to the Army Judge Advocate General on matters related to the Law of War, where he advised on legal and policy issues involving the law of war, legal reviews of proposed new weapons and weapons systems, and also served as a member of the Department of Defense Law of War Working Group.

Prior to returning to the Army, Mr. Meier served as an Attorney-Adviser with the Office of the Legal Adviser for Political-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State, from 2009-2016. He served as the primary legal adviser to the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls regarding the transfer and direct commercial sales of defense articles and services. In addition, he provided advice on the application of the law of war to U.S. military operations and weapons issues, and supported U.S. diplomatic initiatives, including ongoing dialogue with the ICRC, the United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations. In addition, Mr. Meier served as Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons for expert meetings on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) and was a member of the U.S. Delegation that negotiated the Arms Trade Treaty. From 1986 to 2009, Mr. Meier served as an Army Judge Advocate and retired at the rank of Colonel. He served in a variety of positions, including the senior legal advisor for Fort Carson, Colorado and as the Principal Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Mr. Meier is an Associate Fellow with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) and has been a lecturer at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany.

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