Visiting Instructor of Government and International Affairs
Joined Connecticut College: 2012
B.S., U.S. Coast Guard Academy; Degree, Naval War College; M.A., University of Connecticut; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center; Ph.D. Candidate, University of Connecticut
• International public law (humanitarian, human rights, sea and airspace, environment) • Rule of law • International relations • The Judiciary • Law and society • Constitutional law
Peter Mitchell has been an adjunct faculty member at Connecticut College since 2012. During the 2014–2015 Academic Year he is teaching Constitutional Law: Structures and Powers of Government; U.S. Government and Politics; International Organizations; International Humanitarian Law; The Courts and the Law.
Professor Mitchell drafted the second edition of the Model Maritime Service Code that provides a comprehensive overview of international maritime law as well as policy guidance and draft language for implementing laws and creating a maritime agency.
His publications include the article "An Operational Perspective on the Use of Force at Sea."
He has worked at the Department of Justice as a trial attorney, with the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies conducting rule of law educational programs with over a dozen countries, and with the U.S Coast Guard in both operations assignments and as a JAG.
He has received numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit.
His Ph.D. dissertation is examining why states do not use universal jurisdiction to hold individuals who commit crimes against humanity accountable.