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Professor Chad Austin

Professor of Law

Department of Law

Chad Austin
Contact Information

(719) 333-2816



Chad Austin is a Professor of Law in the Department of Law at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado. Courses he has taught include National Security Law; International Law; International Humanitarian Law; War Crimes, Genocide & Human Rights; Negotiations; and Law for the Air Force Officer. His scholarship has focused on International Humanitarian Law and teaching pedagogy and he has presented on a wide variety of topics throughout the world. He has served as the Co-Director for the Law of Armed Conflict Competition for Military Academies at the San Remo International Humanitarian Law Institute. He is a member of the Organizing Committee for the prestigious Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition. He also serves as competition organizing board member for the Clara Barton International Humanitarian Competition which is sponsored by the American Red Cross. Professor Austin served as a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Warsaw Faculty Law School during academic year 2017-2018. He helped create a moot court program and 85 students a tailored version of his War Crimes, Genocide & Human Rights course.

He also serves as a Judge Advocate General in the Air Force Reserve and holds the rank of Colonel.
His military service has been recognized in having been awarded the Bronze Star for his duty in Iraq and being selected as the Reserve Judge Advocate of the Year for 2008-2009.

Before joining the faculty at the United States Air Force Academy, Professor Austin served in the Navy as a Judge Advocate General. His last active duty assignment was teaching at the United States Naval Academy.


Air War College, Correspondence (2012)

Air Command and Staff College, Seminar (2008)

Naval Justice School, Newport, RI (1998)

Juris Doctor, University of Cincinnati College of Law (1997)

Bachelor of Science (Magna Cum Laude), Journalism, Central Michigan University (1994)

Professional Experience

IMA to the SJA 11 AF, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK (June 2016 – Present)

IMA to the SJA, HQ Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, GA (Sept 2015 – June 2016)

IMA Support, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern), Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ (Sept 2012 – Sept 2015)

IMA Support, 319th Air Wing, Grand Forks ABW, ND (Oct 2010 – Sept 2012)

Joint Investigative Committee Team Chief, Law & Order Task Force, Baghdad, Iraq (Nov 2008 – May 2009)

IMA Support, 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB, CO (June 2006 – Oct 2010)

Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, CIVLAW SUPACT 120, Buckley AFB, CO (Dec 2002 – May 2006)

Honors & Awards

Fulbright Scholar Recipient (2017)

Faculty Fellow, Aspen Institute Wye Faculty Seminar (2017)

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Award for project voted as having the greatest potential for further application and impact at USAFA (2013)

Bronze Star awarded (2009)

Air Force Outstanding Reserve Judge Advocate of the Year (2008)

Air Force Space Command Outstanding Reserve Judge Advocate of the Year (2008)

Research and Scholarly Interests

International Humanitarian Law

Teaching Pedagogy



Is the International Criminal Court Anti-African?co-authored with Mike Thieme,
Peace Review, Peace Review, 28(3) (2016)

The Role of Simulation Based Learning at the Pictet Competition….and Beyond, co-authored with Shawn McKelvy, book chapter for A Tribute to Jean Pictet, Schulthess Medias Juridiques (2016)

When the War Doesn't End: Detainees in Legal Limbo, co-authored with Dr. Sarah Lohman, Denv. U. L. Rev. Online 1 (2014)

Human Rights Take a Back Seat: The Supreme Court Hands Out a Pass to Multinationals and Other Would Be Violators of the Law of Nations, co-authored with Amer Mahmud, 42 Denv. J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 373 (2013)

The Law of Armed Conflict: Theory, Fundamentals & Application, International Institute of Humanitarian Law (2012)

San Remo Law of Armed Conflict Case Study for use at the San Remo Competition for Military Academies, San Remo Institute of International Humanitarian Law (2009)

The Law of Armed Conflict, in LAW FOR AIR FORCE OFFICERS (5th ed., Pirog, E. Paul ed. 2008)

Synergy Across the Curriculum: Simulating the Institution of post-war Iraqi Government co-authored with Dr. David Sacko, Journal Of Political Science Education, Volume 2, Issue 1 (2006)

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? The International Criminal Court as a Weapon of Asymmetric Warfare?, co-authored with Antony Kolenc, 39 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 291

Criminal Law Fundamentals, in LAW FOR AIR FORCE OFFICERS (3th ed., Pirog, E. Paul ed. 2004)