Rachel VanLandingham

Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

B.S., United States Air Force Academy
M.P.M., University of Maryland, College Park
J.D., University of Texas
LL.M., The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School


Professor VanLandingham joined the faculty as a Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor in 2012.  She teaches and writes on legal ethics, the law of armed conflict, criminal justice, and international law.

Prior to teaching at Stetson University College of Law, Professor VanLandingham served on active duty with the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps.  From 2006-2010, she was the legal advisor for international law at Headquarters, U.S. Central Command, where she advised on operational and international legal issues related to the armed conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.  She also served as the command's chief liaison to the International Committee of The Red Cross, and traveled throughout Iraq and Afghanistan in efforts to improve procedural safeguards and humane treatment standards for detainees in U.S. custody.

During Professor VanLandingham's military career, she also served as a military prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, appellate defense attorney, nuclear surety inspector, and professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Professor VanLandingham earned an L.L.M. in Military Law (International and Operational Law Specialty) from the Judge Advocate General's School in 2006 and was named to the Commandant's List.  She received her J.D. with high honors in 2000 from the University of Texas at Austin, and was inducted into the school's Chancellor's Society.  She earned her Master of Public Management, emphasis in national security, from the University of Maryland, College Park as a MacArthur Scholar in 1994.  She obtained her B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992, majoring in Political Science.  

Professor VanLandingham serves on the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Military Justice, and is a member of the American Society of International Law and the American Bar Association.

Professor VanLandingham is married to COL Raymond A. Jackson, U.S. Army.  They have two children and one dog, and enjoy camping and discovering the world with their two boys.


Acoustic Separation in Military Justice: Filling the Decision Rule Vacuum with Ethical Standards,11 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. (forthcoming Spring 2014)

Meaningful Membership: Making War a Bit More Criminal
, 34 Cardozo L. Rev. (forthcoming 2013)
The Stars Aligned: The Legality, Legitimacy, and Legacy of 2011's Humanitarian Intervention in Libya, 46 Val. U. L. Rev. 859 (2012)
Politics or Law? The Dual Nature of the Responsibility to Protect, 41 Denv. J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 63, (Fall/Winter 2012) (invited contribution).
Servicemember and Veterans' Rights (Joseph Butler & Brian Clauss eds., 2011) (invited contribution; co-authored chapter on military justice in the Air Force).