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Matthew Zommer

Matthew Zommer earned his PhD in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York Graduate Center. His dissertation, “Reciprocity and the Laws of War: An Historical Analysis of U.S. State Practice”, argues that reciprocity is an instrumental variable in the creation, application and adherence to the laws of war in post-World War II 20th century armed conflict. Dr. Zommer utilizes an interdisciplinary approach that includes perspectives found in the fields of international criminal justice, international law and international relations to explore the role that reciprocity has played, and continues to play, in United States government decision-making and military training as they relate to the laws of war.

Dr. Zommer’s research specialization includes locating and securing the release of government and military documents using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Mandatory Declassification Review. His current research on reciprocity and the laws of war expands upon his historical declassification efforts to include the Presidential Libraries of the previous four administrations and incorporates a comparative perspective of military training in other countries.

Dr. Zommer’s areas of specialization include comparative and international criminal justice, law of armed conflict/laws of war, and international relations theory.

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Contact Information:
Telephone: 843.953.2425


Ph.D. (City University of New York)
M.A. (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)
B.A. (Westfield State College)

Vita: Dr. Zommer's Vita


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