Gary D. Solis

Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., San Diego State; J.D., University of California, Davis; LL.M., George Washington; Ph.D., London School of Economics & Political Science

Gary Solis is a retired Marine with 26 years active service, including Vietnam duty, where he was a company commander (armor). He later became a...

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Gary Solis is a retired Marine with 26 years active service, including Vietnam duty, where he was a company commander (armor). He later became a judge advocate and military judge. After military retirement he earned a doctorate in the law of war and taught on the London School of Economics' law faculty for three years, before joining the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy. He headed West Point's law of war program for six years, receiving Phi Kappa Phi's distinguished teaching award and, in 2006, the Apgar Award as the U.S. Military Academy's outstanding instructor, after which he promptly retired again. He remains a West Point adjunct professor and teaches there regularly. He was a 2006-07 Library of Congress scholar in residence, is a member of the American Law Institute, and was on the editorial board of the ICRC’s International Review of the Red Cross (2011-16). His books are Marines and Military Law in Vietnam; and, Son Thang: An American War Crime; and, The Law of Armed Conflict, 2d ed., (American Society of International Law’s 2010 Certificate of Merit).

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"In new recruitment ads Marines shown as good citizens," coverage by The Denver Post, March 17, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"APNewsBreak: New ads show Marines as good citizens, warriors," coverage in The Washington Post, March 17, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Senator: Marines set to consider charges in Michigan recruit’s death," coverage in the Detroit Free Press, March 8, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Navy espionage case: Legal proceedings will be classified, top admiral says," coverage in the Navy Times, April 13, 2016, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

Rights Groups: U.S. Is Whitewashing the Kunduz Massacre,” coverage in Foreign Policy, March 17, 2016, quoting from Adjunct Professor Gary Solis’ 2010 book The Law of Armed Conflict.

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"In new recruitment ads Marines shown as good citizens," coverage by The Denver Post, March 17, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"APNewsBreak: New ads show Marines as good citizens, warriors," coverage in The Washington Post, March 17, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Senator: Marines set to consider charges in Michigan recruit’s death," coverage in the Detroit Free Press, March 8, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Navy espionage case: Legal proceedings will be classified, top admiral says," coverage in the Navy Times, April 13, 2016, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

Rights Groups: U.S. Is Whitewashing the Kunduz Massacre,” coverage in Foreign Policy, March 17, 2016, quoting from Adjunct Professor Gary Solis’ 2010 book The Law of Armed Conflict.

"Obama: Guantanamo Prison Undermines National Security," coverage in Voice of America, February 23, 2016, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"US Transfers 10 Guantanamo Bay Detainees," coverage by Voice of America, January 14, 2016, quoting Adjunct Professor Gary Solis. For more on this story, see the USA Today.

“Bowe Bergdahl Makes 1st Court Appearance,” an interview with Adjunct Professor Gary D. Solis by CNN's Wolf Blitzer, December 22, 2015. Transcript is available here.
 

"Experts predict Kunduz bombers won't get jail time," coverage in the Washington Examiner, October 20, 2015, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Details on Bowe Bergdahl, Soldier Freed by Taliban, May Emerge at Hearing," coverage by New York Times, September 13, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Unusual Terror Case Going to Trial in US Court in Virginia," coverage by the Associated Press, July 30, 2015, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary D. Solis.

"Operation Hannibal," Politico Magazine, July/Aug. 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Retrial set for Marine in killing of Iraqi civilian, last of Pendleton 8," coverage in The Los Angeles Times, June 7, 2015, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

Russian POW Video Raises War Crime Questions For Ukraine,” coverage by Radio Free Europe, May 19, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Gary D. Solis.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 'a case nobody wants to see go to trial',” coverage in the Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Gary D. Solis.

In Bergdahl Case, the Rare Charge of Misbehavior,” coverage in the New York Times, March 26, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Gary D. Solis.

Convicted terrorist Omar Khadr to make case for release on bail,” coverage in The Globe and Mail, March 23, 2015, mentioning Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Tichelman Not Guilty Plea; Bergdahl Lawyers Up; Leanna Harris's Attorney Compares "Her to Richard Jewell," coverage by CNN, July 16, 2014, quoting Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Army general fined, reprimanded, spared prison time in sex case," coverage in Dallas Morning News, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis, March 20, 2014.

"Washington shooting: What is the Navy Yard?," coverage on BBC News, September 16, 2013, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis. 

"Female Marine Convicted of 'Attempted Adultery' and Lying," coverage in the Los Angeles Times, April 24, 2013, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Hearts, Minds and Dollars: Condolence Payments in the Drone Strike Age," a story in ProPublica, April 5, 2013, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Military Justice's Dirty Little Secret: The Convening Authority," coverage in Foreign Policy, March 13, 2013, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Justice Department Memo Makes Legal Case for Killing Americans Abroad," a segment on PRI's "The World," February 5, 2013, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Military Judge to Hear Arguments in Fort Hood Shooting Case," coverage by Reuters, January 30, 2013, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Who Decides the Laws of War?," coverage in the New York Times, January 26, 2013, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Few Death Convictions, Fewer Army Executions," coverage in the News Tribune (Washington), December 20, 2012, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Secession Petition Gets Texas Man in Trouble with State Guard Superiors, Father Says," coverage in the Washington Post, December 15, 2012, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Marine Corps Create Law Enforcement Battalions,"coverage by the Associated Press, July 22, 2012, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

"Drones, Modern War and the US," an opinion piece by Adjunct Professor Gary Solis on BBC News, July 18, 2012.

"Are Drones Obama's Legacy in the War on Terrorism?," coverage on NPR's Morning Edition, June 20, 2012, featuring Adjunct Professor Gary Solis.

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