University of Wisconsin–Madison

Kevin Kelly

Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs

Kelly, Kevin

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Telephone: 608-262-4041
Office: Room 5105, Law School

J.D. 1991, University of Wisconsin
B.S.F.S. 1987, Georgetown University

Teaching Areas:
International Law


Kevin M. Kelly has been on the Law School staff since 1998. He received a B.S. with honors in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his J.D. with honors from the University of Wisconsin, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Law Review. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Kelly served as a criminal defense attorney and staff judge advocate in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, and was stationed in San Francisco and Scotland. In addition to his Law School student and academic affairs duties, Mr. Kelly, who is an officer in the Naval Reserve specializing in military operational law and international law issues, teaches courses on the Law of Armed Conflict and on the Just War tradition. In 2003, he was recalled to active duty, serving as a NATO legal adviser to the Peace Stabilization Force (SFOR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as on the U.S. European Command headquarters staff during the Iraq War. His current assignment is Commanding Officer, U.S Naval Forces Europe-Africa-6th Fleet Legal reserve unit.  His immediate past assignments were to the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, International and Operational Law, Pentagon and as Commanding Officer of the U.S. Naval War College International Law Department reserve unit in Newport, Rhode Island. Associate Dean Kelly represented the Law School on the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners from 2000 to 2006.

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