• Will the US Accede to UNCLOS? Should it?

    Indo-Pacific Maritime Hour (via Zoom) -- 0900 (JST) 25 August 2021

    YCAPS will host a discussion with Steven Groves and Jonathan Odom as a part of its Indo-Pacific Maritime Hour webinar series. They will discuss the barrier to UNCLOS accession in the US, the prospect of accession in President Biden’s term, and the pros and cons of US accession.


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    Steve Groves is the Margaret Thatcher Fellow in the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. From 2007-2017, Groves was Heritage’s Bernard and Barbara Lomas senior research fellow.

    From 2017-2020, Groves held several positions in the Trump Administration, first as Ambassador Nikki Haley’s chief of staff at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Groves later joined the White House staff and was commissioned as Special Assistant to the President and Assistant Special Counsel, representing the White House in the Mueller investigation. After the conclusion of the investigation, Groves joined the White House press office as Deputy Press Secretary.

    Groves has testified before Congress on international law, human rights, the United Nations and treaties such as the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

    Groves holds a master of laws from Georgetown University Law Center, a juris doctorate from Ohio Northern University's College of Law, and a bachelor of arts in history from Florida State University.


    Cmdr. Jonathan G. Odom is a judge advocate in the U.S. Navy. He serves as a Military Professor of International Law in the College of International and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. During his Naval career, Odom has provided legal and policy advice on matters involving international law and national security law to senior U.S. defense officials, U.S. and multi-national military commanders, headquarter staffs, and forces around the world for military operations at sea, in the air, and on land. His headquarters assignments have included: Oceans Policy Advisor in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense (Pentagon); Deputy Legal Advisor to Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (Hawaii); Assistant Special Counsel to the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (Pentagon); Attorney-Advisor in the International and Operational Law Division of the Office of the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General (Pentagon); and Deputy Legal Advisor to the U.S. Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy, and Operations (Pentagon). His operational deployments have included Joint Support Force - Japan in direct support of Operation TOMODACHI, for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief after the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster; Multi National Force – West / II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), deploying to Al Anbar Province, Iraq, as part of the 2007 troop surge; in direct support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; NATO Kosovo Force, deploying to Pristina, Kosovo, in direct support of Operation JOINT GUARDIAN; U.S. Amphibious Squadron ELEVEN, embarked aboard USS BELLEAUWOOD (LHA-3) and deploying to the South China Sea, East China Sea, and Gulf of Thailand; and U.S. Carrier Strike Group FIVE, embarked aboard USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) and deploying to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH (Iraq). Additionally, Odom has served as an Instructor of Law at the U.S. Naval Justice School (Newport, Rhode Island) and as a Professor of Law and Maritime Security at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (Hawaii). Odom earned a master of laws from Georgetown University, a juris doctor from Wake Forest University, and a bachelor of arts in history from Duke University.


    Dr. James Kraska is chair and Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Maritime Law in the Stockton Center for International Law at the Naval War College, the first-established chair at the institution and visiting professor of law and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School. He has served as visiting professor of law at the College of Law, University of the Philippines, visiting professor of law at Gujarat National Law University, Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar at Duke University Marine Laboratory and fellow-in-residence at the Marine Policy Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

    Format: This event will be off-the-record.

    Co-Sponsors: The Stockton Center for International Law, U.S. Naval War College (SCIL)
    Moderator: James Kraska, Chair of Stockton Center for International Law at the Naval War College
    Webinar Cost: Free of charge

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