Fredrick Micheal Lorenz

Senior Lecturer Part-Time, International Studies



Frederick “Rick” Lorenz grew up in New York City and obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from Marquette University. He served a full career in the US Marine Corps as a judge advocate, including a tour as an infantry company commander. He went on to obtain an LLM (With Highest Honors) from George Washington University in Land Use Management and Control and practiced environmental/land use law between 1982 and 1991. In 1992 he joined the First Marine Expeditionary Force and was the senior legal advisor for the United Nations authorized military intervention in Somalia, and returned there as senior legal advisor for the UN evacuation in 1995. In 1996 he served in Bosnia as a senior legal advisor for the NATO implementation force, and went on to teach Political Science at the National Defense University. After his retirement from the Marine Corps as a Colonel in 1998 he spent a year as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in St Petersburg, Russia, teaching courses in international law, environmental law and US foreign policy. In 2000 he served as a United Nations legal affairs officer in Kosovo, working in the UN Civil Administration and as Legal Advisor for the Regional Administrator in Mitrovica.  He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington (UW), and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Law. His courses include International Humanitarian Law (the Law of Armed Conflict) and Legal Writing. He is a Senior Fellow for the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG); see with missions in the Republic of Georgia and Armenia in 2006 and 2007, and three US State Department sponsored trips to Somaliland between 2008 and 2010. He was in Kenya on a project regarding the International Criminal Court in February 2011. For the past three years he has lectured at the annual program on Rules of Engagement at the International Institute for Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy. In August and September of each year he leads a UW study abroad seminar “Challenges of International Justice” to Ireland and The Hague. He resides with his wife Joan in Tacoma, Washington.