Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

The New Law of War Manual

Loyola's Nation Security and Civil Rights Program

The New Law of War Manual:
Accurate? Authoritative? Influential?

Friday, February 12, 2016
9 AM - 5:30 PM

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor

Conference Brochure (PDF)

In June 2015, the US Department of Defense issued a new law of war manual. This is the first comprehensive US government publication on the topic in decades. As an authoritative statement of international law issued by the agency controlling the world’s most powerful military, the manual may significantly impact US civilian policy-makers, military leaders and their lawyers, as well as US courts, national leaders, and militaries around the world. 
Please join us as practitioners, scholars, and legal experts familiar with the manual, debate and discuss the manual’s strengths, weaknesses, and potential effects within and the US military and beyond.  

This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 5.25 hours of General MCLE credit.



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9:00-9:15: Welcome and Opening Remarks (Prof. John Dehn, JD, LLM)

9:15-10:30: Panel #1, The Manual: Process and Preliminaries

(Karl Chang, JD; Prof. Eric Jensen, JD, LLM; Prof. Jordan Paust, JD; Moderator: Prof. John Dehn)

10:30-10:45: BREAK

10:45-12:00: Panel #2, Targeting and Protection of Civilians

(Prof. Adil Haque, JD; Prof. Charles Dunlap, JD; Prof. Jens Ohlin, JD. PhD; Moderator: Prof. John Dehn)

12:00 - 1:15: LUNCH

1:15-2:30: Panel #3, Law or Policy? Emerging and Contentious Issues

(Paul Kantwill, JD; Prof. Sean Watts, JD; Ryan Vogel, JD; Moderator: Prof. John Dehn)

2:30 - 2:45: BREAK

2:45-4:15: Panel #4, Missed Opportunities and Broader Effects

(Prof. Michael Newton, JD, LLM; CAPT (USN) Gregory Bart, JD; Prof. Chris Jenks, JD, PhD; Christopher Harland, JD; Moderator: Prof. Joe Ferguson)

4:15-4:30: Closing Remarks: Prof. John Dehn

4:30-5:30: Informal Discussion/CLE Sign Out