George A. B. Peirce

George Peirce

Culverhouse Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

B.S. United States Military Academy
J.D. Harvard Law School
M.S. National Intelligence University

International Law
National Security Law

George Peirce joined the Stetson Law faculty in January 2017 after more than 36 years of legal experience in both the public and private sectors. Professor Peirce currently teaches a course in international law and a seminar in national security law.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Peirce served for more than 12 years as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s General Counsel. He and his staff provided advice and representation on all legal matters affecting the agency’s worldwide intelligence mission during global counterterrorism operations. While at DIA, Professor Peirce taught a national security law seminar as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School.

Before coming to DIA, Professor Peirce served for eight years in the Justice Department’s Environmental Enforcement Section, where he brought civil actions against polluters of our land, air and water resources, resulting in recoveries for the United States valued at more than $260 million.

As an Army Reserve Colonel, Professor Peirce volunteered for active duty after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and served for a year as the Principal Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for U.S. Joint Forces Command. He and his colleagues advised the command on the many novel legal issues raised by combat operations against al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Earlier in his career, Professor Peirce was an associate at the Washington, D.C. firm of Steptoe & Johnson, where he focused on trial and appellate litigation, international law, and legal, corporate and government ethics. He began his legal career as an Army judge advocate, with assignments that included criminal prosecution with the 1st Infantry Division, duty at a strategic intelligence outpost in Turkey, and at the Pentagon with the Army’s International Affairs Division and the Army General Counsel’s Office, where he dealt with the legal and policy ramifications of the Iran-Contra Affair. Before leaving active duty for the Army Reserve, Professor Peirce also served as a member of the International Law faculty at the Army JAG School. His subsequent service in the Army Reserve included overseas duty in Panama, Germany and in Belgium at the headquarters of the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

Professor Peirce received his B.S. degree from West Point in 1974 as a Distinguished Cadet and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard in 1979, where he was a member of the International Law Journal. In 2014, he earned his M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University after completing his thesis on the Chinese Communist Party. He has published several articles on international law involving arms control, the law of war, and the law of the sea. Professor Peirce has also given presentations on intelligence law, leadership and ethics at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, the National Defense University, and the University of Oxford.

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