Dr Gregory P Noone


Formerly Senior Legal Military Advisor
Award winning Professor of Politics and Law
Internationally recognized expert in the Laws of Armed Conflict

Dr. Gregory P. Noone is the Director of the Fairmont State University National Security and Intelligence Program and an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Law.  Dr. Noone also serves as the Fairmont State University Rugby team’s Coach and Faculty Advisor.  He is also a member of the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG was nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize) and has advised the Government of Uganda and the Government of South Sudan.  Dr. Noone worked for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created by the U.S. Congress to promote research, education, and training on the prevention, management and peaceful resolution of international conflicts.  While at USIP, Dr. Noone received a Special Act Award for his work in Afghanistan. 

Dr. Noone previously served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Navy.  He held various leadership positions while on active duty in the Navy including the Head of the International Law Department, International Programs Branch, International Negotiations / Base Rights Branch and the Foreign Criminal Jurisdiction and Civil Litigation Branch in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) International and Operational Law Division at the Pentagon.  Dr. Noone also served at the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) where he trained senior military, governmental and non-governmental civilian personnel in over 35 countries (75 countries total).  Most notably, he has trained members of the Iraqi National Congress, the post-genocide government in Rwanda, the post-Taliban government in Afghanistan, civil society in the Sudan, and senior members of the Russian government. 

Dr. Noone has also worked as a government prosecutor and a criminal defense counsel.  He is a Brockton Massachusetts native who received a B.A. in Political Science from Villanova University, an M.A. in International Affairs from The Catholic University of America, an M.D.S. (Master of Defence Studies) from The Royal Military College of Canada, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and a Ph.D. in Political Science (International Relations) from West Virginia University. 

Dr. Noone is a Captain in the United States Naval Reserve and has served as the Commanding Officer of the Navy JAG International and Operational Law reserve unit.  He is currently the Commanding Officer of the DIILS reserve unit.  Dr. Noone was recently mobilized as the Staff Judge Advocate for the Office for Administrative Review and Detention of Enemy Combatants (OARDEC) at the Pentagon and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Dr. Noone is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College’s Joint Command and Staff Programme (JRCSP 12 and JCSP 36).  Dr. Noone has guest lectured at the University of Michigan Law School, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Georgetown University.  He has published and presented articles on the Rwandan Genocide, corruption, the International Criminal Court, and military tribunals at numerous forums.  Dr. Noone is currently co-authoring a law school textbook for Aspen Publishing entitled: International Law and Armed Conflict: Fundamental Principles and Contemporary Challenges in the Law of War.  Dr. Noone appears regularly as a commentator on international and national TV and radio.