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CAPT Andrew J. Norris
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Humanities Department
31 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
(860) 444-8366
Andrew J. Norris, CAPT, USCG, RETIRED
Visiting Professor
Department of Humanities
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Captain Andrew Norris, U.S. Coast Guard (retired) is currently serving as a visiting professor of maritime policy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, having retired in 2016 after 22 years of active service as a Coast Guard attorney. He received his J.D. (with honors) from the University of Florida School of Law in 1993. His last tour of duty was as the Robert J. Papp, Jr., Professor of Maritime Security at the U.S. Naval War College. During that tour, he also served as a judge on the Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals, and also as an adjunct professor at Roger Williams Law School and at the University of Rhode Island. His most recent operational tour was as the Staff Judge Advocate for the Fourteenth Coast Guard District in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has numerous publications to his credit; most recently an article in Cambridge University’s Polar Record entitled “The Central Arctic Ocean – Preventing Another Tragedy of the Commons.” 

Prior to attending law school, Captain Norris was a surface line officer in the U.S. Navy, earning his Surface Warfare Officer qualification while serving as a division officer aboard USS Kidd (DDG 993) from 1985 to 1989. 

  • J.D., University of Florida
  • B.A., University of Virginia

Courses Taught:
  • Contemporary Topics in Global Maritime Affairs, U.S. Coast Guard Academy (2016)
  • International Oceans Law, University of Rhode Island (fall 2015 and 2016)
  • Joint Military Operations, U.S. Naval War College (2013-2015)
  • Law of the Sea, Roger Williams University Law School (2010-2015)
  • Maritime Homeland Security and Defense, U.S. Naval War College (2014)
  • National Security Studies, National Defense University (2012-2013)
  • Law of Military Operations, National Defense University (2012-2013)
  • European Regional Study, National Defense University (2012-2013)
  • Criminal Justice, U.S. Coast Guard Academy (2002-2006)
  • Maritime Law Enforcement, U.S. Coast Guard Academy (2002-2006, 2016)
  • Rhetoric and Courtroom Advocacy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy (2005-2006)

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • Author, “The Central Arctic Ocean – Preventing Another Tragedy of the Commons” (accepted for publication, Polar Record), 2016
  • Author, “Rum Row: The Sinking of the Rum Runner I'm Alone,” 24 Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, Winter 2015
  • Author, “Fishy Business: The High Seas Boarding and Inspection Regime in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean,” Ocean Developments and International Law, vol. 64, issue 4, 2015
  • Author, “Developments in the Law of Piracy,” 13 Benedict’s Mar. Bull. page 117, Third Quarter 2015
  • Author, “A Maelstrom of International Law and Intrigue: The Remarkable Voyage of the S.S. City of Flint,” Journal of American Legal History, Vol. 54, Issue 1, 2014, (This article was selected as one of two long articles nationwide to receive the 2014 Green Bag “exemplary legal writing” award.)
  • Author, “Legal Issues Relating to Unmanned Maritime Systems,” monograph, published on-line by U.S. Naval War College, International Law Department, February 2013
  • Co-editor, Non-International Armed Conflict in the Twenty-First Century, U.S. Naval War College International Law Studies, vol. 88, Kenneth Watkin and Andrew Norris, eds., Newport: U.S. Naval War College, 2012
  • Author, “The Other Law of the Sea,” Naval War College Review, Summer 2011

Professional Memberships:
  • State Bar of Maryland