Gary D. Solis
Gary D. Solis is an Adjunct Professor of Law who teaches the laws of war at the Georgetown University Law Center
Georgetown University Law Center
Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C.. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law...

. He is an expert on the laws of war.

He attended San Diego State University
San Diego State University
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 (B.A), the University of California, Davis School of Law (J.D.), George Washington University Law School (LL.M.), and the London School of Economics and Political Science (Ph.D.).

Before his academic career, Solis served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War
Vietnam War
The Vietnam War was a Cold War-era military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War and was fought between North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of...

 in the United States Marine Corps
United States Marine Corps
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. He is a former military judge advocate and Marine prosecutor.

He previously taught on the LSE's law faculty for three years, and served on the faculty of the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy
United States Military Academy
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 (West Point). For six years he headed West Point's law of war program, in 2007 he was a Library of Congress scholar in residence, and he is on the teaching faculty of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law
International Institute of Humanitarian Law
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, in San Remo
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, Italy.

Solis authored Marines and Military Law in Vietnam, as well as Son Thang: An American War Crime and The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law in War (Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press
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