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Robert Foster Turner, American law educator, writer, former government officer. Bar: Virginia 1982, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1986. Grantee Hoover Press, 1972, Earhart Foundation, 1980, 1989-1990, Institute Educational Affairs, 1980, Carthage Foundation, 1980.


Turner, Robert Foster was born on February 14, 1944 in Atlanta. Son of Edwin Witcher and Martha Frances (Williams) Turner.


AB, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1968. Postgraduate, Stanford University, 1973. Juris Doctor, University Virginia, 1981.

Doctor of Juridical Science, University Virginia, 1996.


Research associate, public affairs fellow Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, 1971-1974. Special assistant, legislation assistant United States Sen. Robert P. Griffin, 1974-1979.

Co-founder, associate director Center for National Security Law University Virginia, Charlottesville, 1981, 87—. Senior fellow, 1985-1986. Special assistant undersecretary for policy Department Defense, 1981-1982.

Counsel President's Intelligence Oversight Board, White House, 1982-1984. Principal deputy assistant secretary for legislation and intergovernmental affairs Department State, 1984, acting. assistant secretary, 1984—1985. President United States Institute Peace, Washington, 1986-1987.

Lecturer in law and in government and foreign affairs University Virginia, Charlottesville, 1988-1993, associate professor, 1993-1997, professor, since 1997. Charles H. Stockton professor international law Naval War College, 1994-1995. Distinguished lecturer United States Military Academy, West Point, 1995.

Captain United States Army, 1968-1971, Vietnam.


  • Bar: Virginia 1982, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1986.



President Endowment of the United States Institute Peace, 1986-1987. Trustee Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1986-1992. Board directors Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, since 1997.

Chairman scholars commission on Jefferson-Hemings matter Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society, 2000-2001. Member American Bar Association (chairman committee on executive-congressional relations, secretary international law and practice 1983-1986, advisory committee on law and national security 1984-1986, standing committee on law and national security 1986-1992, chairman 1989-1992, editor American Bar Association National Security Law Report 1992-1999), Federalist Society (chairman subcommittee on national security law since 1998), Committee on the Present Danger, since 2005, Board Research Consultant, Institute Foreign Policy Analysis, Mensa, American Society International Law, National Eagle Scout Association, Council on Foreign Relations, Academy of Political Science, American Political Science Association, American History Association, Society Military History, Society Historians Early American Republic.


Edwin Witcher Turner

Martha Frances (Williams) Turner