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“The law of war is of fundamental importance to the Armed Forces of the United States. The law of war is part of who we are.” So begins the new U.S. Department of Defense Law of War Manual, published last June, which had not been updated for nearly 60 years. At 1180 single-spaced pages and with 6,916 footnotes, the manual would seem to be thorough and exhaustive. Our experts will critique the Department of Defense Manual. Does it provide the guidance necessary to troops on the ground, commanders, and all actors in between? How does it address modern warfare, terrorism, and asymmetrical war? How does it define lawful and unlawful belligerents? What does it say about interrogation and detention? These and other questions were addressed by our experts.
- Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap, Professor of the Practice of Law Executive Director, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, Duke University School of Law
- Prof. Michael A. Newton, Professor of the Practice of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School
- Moderator: Prof. Jeremy Rabkin, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law