Craig Martin is an Associate Professor at the Washburn University School of Law, whose primary areas of interests are international law, particularly the use of force and the laws of war, and comparative constitutional law, with an emphasis on both war powers and rights. He has studied law in Canada, Japan, and the United States, and his comparative work is on Japanese and Anglo-American law. He received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, for which his research focused on the relationship between constitutional and international law constraints on the use of armed force, using the Japanese constitutional experience as a basis for some of the analysis.
Professor Martin graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada, and served four years as a naval officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, during which time he was naval attaché in the Canadian Mission to the United Nations. He spent four years in Japan on a Monbusho scholarship, during which he obtained an LL.M. from Osaka University. He then obtained his J.D. from the University of Toronto, following which he practiced civil litigation for several years at Stikeman Elliott LLP and Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP in Toronto. He left practice in 2006 to understake the S.J.D. at Penn Law.
Professor Martin has for several years taught intensive courses on comparative constitutional law as a visiting lecturer at Osaka University, Graduate School of Law and Politics, and taught comparative law as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. More recently he has taught a seminar on the legal constraints on the use of armed force at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of Baltimore School of Law. He has published scholarly work in the area of both public and private international law, Japanese constitutional law, and negotiation theory. He is a regular contributor to The Japan Times, and also publishes opinion pieces and feature articles in other mainstream media.