Craig H. Allen

  • Professor Emeritus of Law


Phone: (206) 616-8302


B.S. Portland State University J.D. University of Washington LL.M. International Maritime Law Institute Dipl., U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Admiralty and Maritime Law — International Law — National Security Law

Recent Courses

LAW A 507 Constitutional Law I: Constitutional Structures of Government
LAW A 585 Admiralty

Selected Publications

See the full list under the Publications tab below.

Professor Allen joined the UW School of Law and School of Marine Affairs faculties in 1996, following his retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard. He was the Honor Graduate in his law school class and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Law Review. At graduation he received the Vivian Carkeek Prize for legal writing and was inducted into the Order of the Coif and the National Order of Barristers. He was later admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington, the Court of International Trade, the Ninth and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He is a fellow in the Nautical Institute and the Royal Institute of Navigation and a member of the Maritime Law Association.

Professor Allen's teaching and research interests include maritime and international law, national and homeland security law and Arctic law and policy. He is on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Navigation, the Board of Advisors of the Naval War College's International Law Studies and authored International Law for Seagoing Officers (7th ed. 2022), Maritime Counterproliferation Operations and the Rule of Law (2007), and Farwell's Rules of the Nautical Road (9th ed. 2020).

Professor Allen has been honored by the students three times with the Professor of the Year Award. In 2003 he was named a Washington Law Foundation Scholar, and in 2005 he was appointed the Judson Falknor Professor of Law. In 2006, the members of the Washington Law Review honored Professor Allen with their Distinguished Alumni Award.

During the 2011-2012 academic year, Professor Allen served as a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School and as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Maritime Studies at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. During the 2006-07 academic year he held the Charles H. Stockton Chair in International Law at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

Book Chapters

  • Craig H. Allen, A Legacy of Stewardship for the Public Order of the Oceans: A Memorial Tribute to William T. Burke, in Ocean Law Debates: The 50-Year Legacy and Emerging Issues for the Years Ahead 158-68 (Harry N. Scheiber, Nilufer Oral & Moon-Sang Kwon eds., Brill Nijhoff 2018).
  • Craig H. Allen, Cargoes of Doom: National Strategies of the U.S. to Combat the Illicit Transport of Weapons of Mass by Sea, in The Oceans in the Nuclear Age: Legacies and Risks 295-335 (David D. Caron & Harry N. Scheiber eds., Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2010).
  • Craig H. Allen, The International Supply Chain Security Regime and the Role of Competent International Organizations, in Legal Challenges in Maritime Security 165-254 (Myron Nordquist et al. eds., Univ. of Virginia Center for Oceans Law and Policy 2008).
  • Craig H. Allen, Armed Groups and the Law, in Armed Groups: Studies in National Security, Counterterrorism, and Counterinsurgency 27-52 (Jeffrey Norwitz ed., U.S. Naval War College 2008).
  • Craig H. Allen, Legal Interoperability Issues in International Cooperation Measures to Secure the Maritime Commons, in Economics and Maritime Strategy: Implications for the 21st Century 113-25 (Richmond M. Lloyd ed., Naval War College 2006).
  • Craig H. Allen, PATRIOT Act, in 2 Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties 1148-50 (Paul Finkelman ed., Routledge 2006).
  • Craig H. Allen, Limits on the Use of Force in Maritime Operations in Support of WMD Counter-Proliferation Initiatives, in International Law Challenges: Homeland Security and Combating Terrorism 77-139 (Thomas McK. Sparks & Glenn M. Sulmasy eds., Naval War College 2006) (International Law Studies Vol. 81), reprinted in 2005 Israel Y.B. Hum. Rts. 1-66.

Book Reviews

  • Craig H. Allen, Book Review, 31 Ocean Y.B. 561-63 (2017) (reviewing Donald R. Rothwell & Tim Stephens, The International Law of the Sea (2d ed. 2016)).
  • Craig H. Allen, Book Review, Naval War Coll. Rev., Summer 2007, at 141-42 (reviewing Michael J. Matheson, Council Unbound: The Growth of UN Decision Making on Conflict and Postconflict Issues after the Cold War (2006)).
  • Craig H. Allen, Book Review, 9 J. Int'l Maritime L. 403 (2003) (reviewing David Thomas, The Fatal Flaw: Collision at Sea and the Failure of the Rules (2002)).
  • Craig H. Allen, Book Review, 72 Pac. Hist. Rev. 701-02 (2002) (reviewing Harry N. Scheiber, Inter-Allied Conflicts and Ocean Law 1945-53: The Occupation Command's Revival of Japanese Whaling and Marine Fisheries (2001)).

Professional Publications

Other Publications

  • Speaker, "The Top 5 COLREG Challenges Facing Autonomous Vessel Operators", e-Navigation North America, (November 12, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Enforcing United Nations Sanctions", 32nd Annual U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Military Operations and the Law Conference, (June 24, 2019)
  • Speaker, "U.S. Coast Guard Arctic Policy: Ready, Relevant, Responsive for the Changing Arctic", Sixth Annual Arctic Encounter Symposium, (April 25, 2019)
  • Speaker, "The Legal Status of Unmanned Autonomous Maritime Vehicles", U.S. Pacific Command, International Law and Military Operations (April 24, 2018)
  • Moderator and speaker, "Arctic Infrastructure Development and Maritime Support", The Promise of the Arctic Conference, (November 2, 2016)
  • Speaker, "The Arctic Council: Two Decades of Cooperation Founded on Common Interests", 29th Annual Military Operations and the Law Conference, U.S. Pacific Command (May 18, 2016)
  • Speaker, "The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis and the International Law Duty of Maritime Rescue", 42d International Conference of the Comité Maritime International, Comité Maritime International (May 5, 2016)
  • Moderator and speaker, "The Evolution of Navigation Tools", Pacific Maritime eNavigation Conference, (December 2, 2015)
  • Speaker, "A Legacy of Stewards for the Public Order of the Oceans: A Tribute to William T. Burke (1926-2014)", Law of the Sea Institute 50th Anniversary Conference, University of California - Berkeley School of Law and the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (October 9, 2015)
  • Speaker, "International Law and the Duty of Rescue", Special Session on the Mediterranean Migrant Crisis, International Maritime Organization (September 21, 2015)
  • Speaker and moderator, "Marine Transportation and the Polar Code", 6th Symposium on Impact of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations, (July 14, 2015)
  • Panel Chair, "Current Legislative and Regulatory Climate for Arctic Operations", Promise of the Arctic Conference, (June 16, 2015)
  • Speaker, "The Preservation of Living Marine Resources and the Environment", 28th Annual International Military and Operational Law Conference, U.S. Pacific Command (May 18, 2015)
  • Moderator, "Semper Paratus: Military Presence in the High North", Arctic Encounter Symposium, (January 31, 2015)
  • Moderator, "Leadership and the Arctic: Why It Matters", 2012 Global Energy and Environmental Issues Conference, Energy Council (December 6, 2012)