Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Roger Williams University Law Review

Publication Date

2007

Page Number

877

Keywords

Military lawyers, war crimes, humanitarian law

Disciplines

Human Rights Law | Law | Military, War, and Peace

Abstract

Modern warfare presents an array of legalistic overtones that require the presence and participation of attorneys of exceptional courage and breadth of expertise in demanding and austere conditions. Military lawyers today must confront complex missions and competing operational demands in representing the needs of operational commanders. The legal dimension of conflict has at times overshadowed the armed struggle between adversaries as the nature of conflict itself has changed. The overall mission will often be intertwined with political, legal, and strategic imperatives that cannot accomplished in a legal vacuum or by undermining the threads of legality that bind diverse aspects of a complex operation together.

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