BA, San Diego State College; JD, The University of California at Davis; LLM, The George Washington University Law School; PhD., The London School of Economics & Political Science
Gary Solis is a retired U.S. Marine with twenty-six years active duty, twice serving in Vietnam as an armor officer, after which he was a judge advocate and military judge, participating in 760 courts-martial. After military retirement he taught in The London School of Economics’ Law Department for three years, then moved to the United States Military Academy, teaching there for seven years. Professor Solis directed West Point’s law of war program for six years. In 2006, he was awarded the Apgar Award as West Point’s outstanding professor and promptly retired again.
Professor Solis was a 2007-2008 Library of Congress Scholar in Residence. He has lectured at Harvard, Columbia, the University of Virginia, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Rand Corporation, the Smithsonian Institution, the Central Intelligence Agency, and all American and Canadian military service academies. He was a 2013 visiting professor of law at the University of California at Davis, and has been a law of war expert witness in several courts-martial, a federal war crime prosecution, and nine Guantánamo habeas corpus hearings. Professor Solis' authored Marines and Military Law in Vietnam, and Son Thang: An American War Crime, and The Law of Armed Conflict (American Society of International Law 2011 Certificate of Merit). He is a member of the editorial board of the International Committee of the Red Cross’s International Review of the Red Cross.
He is a member of the bars of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Supreme Court of the United States, and is an elected member of the American Law Institute.