Peter Mitchell

Peter Mitchell

Visiting Assistant Professor of Government and International Relations

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.

Majoring in Government. 

Majoring in International Relations.

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Mailing Address

Peter Mitchell
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320