Brian J. Bill

  • Lecturer

Brian Bill is the director of seminars for Virginia CLE®, the Virginia State Bar-sponsored provider of continuing legal education seminars and publications for lawyers throughout Virginia. Prior to assuming this position, he served twenty-eight years in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2011 as a judge advocate with the rank of captain. He began his service as a naval aviator; specifically, as a naval flight officer in the E-2C aircraft embarked in USS CORAL SEA (CV-43). Following completion of law school, Bill became a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, in which he served in a number of billets, most notably as the carrier judge advocate in USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71); chief of international and operational law at U.S. Special Operations Command; and as the legal advisor to Task Force 134, Detainee Operations, Multi-National Force-Iraq.

Bill also served two tours of duty as a professor of international and operational law at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, in which he studied and taught all subjects related to the law of war, public international law, and human rights. He also served a tour as professor of international law and Associate Dean at the College of International Security Studies, George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies, in Garmisch, Germany, the mission of which is to teach various security-related topics, including international law, to students from Mongolia all the way through to eastern Europe.


  • J.D.
    Rutgers - Newark School of Law
  • LL.M.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.S.
    University of Dayton


“The Rendulic 'Rule': Military Necessity, Commander’s Knowledge, and Methods of Warfare” (forthcoming in the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law).

“Human Rights: Time for Greater Judge Advocate Understanding,” 54 Army Lawyer(2010).

“Detention Operations in Iraq: A View from the Ground,” Naval War College “Blue Book” series (2010); 40, Israel Yearbook of Human Rights (2010).

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