Professor Newton began his career as military officer in the 4th Battalion, 68th Armor division out of Fort Carson, Colorado until his selection for the Judge Advocate General's Funded Legal Education Program. As an operational military attorney, he served with the United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina in support of units participating in Desert Storm. Following duty as the Chief of Operational Law, he served as the Group Judge Advocate for the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
From 1993-1995 Professor Newton was reassigned as the Brigade Judge Advocate for the 194th Armored Brigade (Separate), during which time he organized and led the human rights and rules of engagement education for all Multinational Forces and International Police deploying into Haiti. Professor Newton subsequently was appointed as a Professor of International and Operational Law at the Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, Virginia from 1996-1999.
From January 1999 to August 2000, Professor Newton served in the Office of War Crimes Issues, U.S. Department of State. As the Senior Advisor to the United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Professor Newton implemented a wide range of policy positions related to the law of armed conflict, including U.S. support to accountability mechanisms worldwide.
Professor Newton has also served on the American Society of International Law’s Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward the International Criminal Court and on an Experts Group in support of the Task Force on Genocide Prevention established by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the U.S. Institute of Peace.
In recent years, Professor Newton assisted in drafting the Statute of the Iraqi High Tribunal, and served as International Law Advisor to the Judicial Chambers in 2006 and 2007. He has also served as the U.S. representative on the U.N. Planning Mission for the Sierra Leone Special Court.
In addition to his educational duties at Vanderbilt University Law School, Professor Newton presently serves on the Executive Council of (ASIL).
For a brief discussion by Professor Newton on Robert H. Jackson and Nuremberg click here.