Robert A. Sanders, LP.D., J.D., LLM

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Associate Professor

National Security Department
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences

LP.D Law and Policy Northeastern University, 2013
LLM U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, 1995
JD Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, 1988

National Security
MS Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence University (Joint Military Intelligence College), 2007
MA National Security and Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College, 2002
MS International Relations, Troy State University, 1997

BS Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University, 1983


Dr. Robert A. Sanders is a retired U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps) Captain, a legal/national security educator, a former federal government organization counsel and private industry military communications and weapons systems engineer. For more than two decades he developed the critical thinking of diverse groups of global leaders and supported the international human rights, international law, military, and diplomatic objectives of the United States. He has served as a staff attorney and legislative director working with the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, as a federal civil defense counsel, and as a federal criminal prosecutor and defense counsel in the United States, afloat on Navy ships, and overseas. He was previously a U.S. Naval War College Military Law and Operations Professor (2014-2019); Director, U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (2011-2014); Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Legal Service Office, North Central (2007 and 2009-2011); Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Military Personnel) (2007-2009); and the in-country legal mentor for the Afghan National Army’s 1st Judge Advocate General and the Ministry of Defense’s 1st General Counsel equivalent (2004-2005). Dr. Sanders has served on several Boards of Directors including prior service on the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society Board; on the U.S. Secretary of Defense's Recovering, Wounded, Ill and Injured Members of the Armed Forces Task Force; and on multiple youth sports organization boards. Dr. Sanders began his current service on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island Board of Directors in September 2016. He is a former MIT Seminar XXI Fellow, a DEOMI TRIP Intern, and a Leadership Rhode Island program participant.

Research Interests

National Security, International Law, Law of Armed Conflict, Human Rights, African American/African Diaspora History, American History, Government/Political Affairs, Armed Conflict Analysis/History, and International Military Education and Training.

Recently Published Books and Articles

Contributor - Dan Yorke State of Mind, (2020)

Author - National Security, Human Rights and Policing — U.S. vs. China Style, Inside Sources (2020)

Chapter Co-author – "The Role of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Protecting Civilians" in South Sudan’s Challenges: Peacemaking, Democratic Accountability, and National Stability; S. C. Roach & D. K. Hudson (Editors); London, New York: Routledge (2018)

Author/Editor – The South China Sea Dispute Background & Arbitration Case, Naval War College, Joint Military Operations Department, NWC 1103 (2017)

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