Collection Summary

Creator: Moore, John Norton
Title: Addendum to the Papers of John Norton Moore [a] regarding the conflicts in Central America, 1970-1985
Accession: MSS 85-17a
Parent Collection: The Papers of John Norton Moore Regarding the Maritime Boundary Delimitation in the Gulf of Maine Area, 1977-1984
Description: 4 boxes
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Collection Description & Arrangement

The files in this collection principally concern conflicts in Central America, to which Professor Moore devoted a great deal of work and scholarship during the 1980s.

Biographical & Historical Information

John Norton Moore, who joined the faculty in 1966, is an authority on international law, national security law and the law of the sea. He also teaches advanced topics in national security law and the rule of law. Moore taught the first course in the country on national security law and conceived and co-authored the first casebook on the subject. From 1991-93, during the Gulf War and its aftermath, Moore was the principal legal adviser to the Ambassador of Kuwait to the United States and to the Kuwait delegation to the U.N. Iraq-Kuwait Boundary Demarcation Commission.

From 1985 to 1991, he chaired the board of directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace, one of six presidential appointments he has held. From 1973 to 1976, he was chair of the National Security Council Interagency Task Force on the Law of the Sea and ambassador and deputy special representative of the president to the law of the sea conference. Previously he served as the counselor on international law to the State Department. With the deputy attorney general of the United States, he was co-chair in March 1990 of the U.S.-USSR talks in Moscow and Leningrad on the rule of law. As a consultant to the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, he was honored by the director for his work on the ABM Treaty Interpretation Project. He has been a frequent witness before congressional committees on maritime policy, legal aspects of foreign policy, national security, war and treaty powers, and democracy and human rights. He has been a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution.

Moore is a member of advisory and editorial boards for nine journals and numerous professional organizations, and he has published many articles on oceans policy, national security and international law.

Site contributors, "John Norton Moore," University of Virginia School of Law Faculty Page (accessed November 16, 2015)

Acquisition Information

Date Received 1995
Donor Information This collection was given to the Law Library by John Norton Moore in the summer of 1995.

Content List

Box 1:

  • 1983-1987; Central America Miscellaneous Papers.  [4 folders]

Box 2: 

  • [1980s]; Central America.  Notes
  • 1985; [Charlottesville's Major Frank Buck Visit to Nicaragua.  Information sent by Edward O. McCue III to Prof. Moore]
  • 1970-1995; Correspondence [2 folders]
  • 1984; Grenada.  Notes
  • n.d.; Miscellaneous Articles and Notes [2 folders]

Box 3:

  • 1969; Miscellaneous Articles and Notes
  • 198[4?]; Nicaragua v. United States.  Day One and Two.  International Court.  Oral Argument
  • 1980s; Notes on Articles on Central America

Box 4:

  • 1984; Presidential Election Observation Delegation to El Salvador
  • 1979-1985; Statements
  • 1979; Taped interview by Steve Johnson re Panama Canal Treaties address to Inter American Bar by Carlos Lopez Guevara (Panama's Foreign Minister)

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