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Jane Dalton


Jane Gilliland Dalton teaches Legal Information and Communication I and II at Belmont University College of Law. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Political Science, 1972, and an M.A. in Latin American Studies, 1974. She was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy in December 1977, and was among the first ten women in the Navy assigned to sea duty and to earn designation as a Surface Warfare Officer. In 1982, she was competitively selected for the Law Education Program, under which she earned a Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. She also holds a Master of Laws degree with a focus in international law from the University of Virginia, 1992.

Professor Dalton served in the U.S. Navy for 28 years, retiring with the rank of Rear Admiral in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. As a Navy Judge Advocate, Professor Dalton focused most of her career on international law, operational law and national security law. After retiring from the Navy, she served for the academic year 2005-2006 as the Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI. Professor Dalton then served two years as an Attorney-Advisor (International Law) with the United States Department of State, Political-Military Affairs Bureau.

Throughout her career, Professor Dalton participated in the negotiation and development of treaties and international agreements on political-military issues. Such agreements include several Defense Trade Cooperation treaties and arrangements, the Standing Rules of Engagement for NATO Forces, the Manual of the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research on International Law Applicable to Air and Missile Warfare, and the Montreux Document on Private Military and Security Companies.

Since retiring from government service, Professor Dalton has engaged in many volunteer activities with her church, local community and environmental groups. Most recently, in 2017, Professor Dalton lived in the Peruvian Andes for seven months, teaching English to 1st – 6th grade students in a Christian school.  

Areas of expertise: Law of the Sea, international law, operational law, political-military issues


Introductory Note to United Nations Security Council: Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea - Resolutions 1816, 1846 & 1851, 48 INTERNATIONAL LEGAL MATERIALS 129 (2009)(written with J. Ashley Roach and John Daley)

International Law and Coalition Operations, NAVAL COALITION WARFARE: From the Napoleonic War to Operation Iraqi Freedom (Bruce A. Elleman and S.C.M. Paine, eds., 2008)

Naval Interception Operations During the Indo China War, TO OPPOSE ANY FOE 373 (Ross A. Fisher, John Norton Moore & Robert F. Turner, eds., 2006)

Future Navies, Present Issues, 59 NAVAL WAR C. REV. 17 (2006)

The National Security Strategy: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, 52 NAVAL L. REV. 60 (2006)

The Influence of Law on Seapower in Desert Shield/Desert Storm, 41 NAVAL L. REV. 27 (1993)

The Chilean Mar Presencial: A Harmless Concept or a Dangerous Precedent? 8 INT'L. J. MAR. & COASTAL L. 397 (1993)

The Environmental Modification Convention: An Unassuming but Focused and Useful Convention, 3 HUMANITARES VOLKERRECHT INFORMATIONSSCHRIFTEN 140 (1993)

Note, Submarines and Targets: Suggestions for New Codified Rules of Submarine Warfare, 73 GEO. L. J. 975 (1985).

Published Presentations

What is War: Terrorism as War after 9/11, Presentation to the Annual Law Weekend of the American Branch of the International Law Association, New York, NY, 21 October 2005, J. INT'L & COMP. L. (2006)

A Comparison of the San Remo Manual and the U.S. Navy's Commander's Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations, Institute for International Humanitarian Law, San Remo, Italy, 8 September 2005, ISRAEL Y.B. HUM. RTS. (2006)

Commentary – The Road Ahead, INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THE WAR ON TERRORISM 477 (Fred L. Borch & Paul S. Wilson, eds. 2003)

Constraints on the Waging of War: Jus in Bello and the Challenge of Modern Conflicts, 97 AM. SOC'Y INT'L L. PROC. 193 (2003)

National Security Law in a Changed World: The Twelfth Annual Review of the Field, 25 NAT'L. SEC. L. REP. 5 (2003).