Command and Staff Operations Law Course in the Philippines

APCML/MLC Mobile Training Team in Manila

APCML/MLC team with the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and Staff Course

The Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (APCML) was established in 2001 as a collaborative initiative of the Melbourne Law School and Defence Legal. The APCML aims to facilitate cooperation among military forces of the Asia Pacific Region and beyond in the research, training and implementation of the laws governing military operations and to promote greater understanding of and increased respect for the rule of law.

One of the flagship courses that is conducted each year by the APCML is the Command and Staff Operations Law (CSOL) course for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Manila. This year COL Lambert, Ms Grace Corbiau, Associate Professor Rain Liivoja, LCDR Kent Browning, MAJ Sharon Ackman and SQNLDR Anthony Erman from the APCML/Military Law Centre (MLC) comprised the Australian Mobile Training Team and conducted the training to 215 AFP and other international students.

APCML/MLC team with Major General Herminigildo Francisco C Aquino Commander, Education, Training and Doctrine Command

The course was conducted over two weeks and included presentations on international humanitarian law, human rights law, use of force, targeting, air law, law of the sea, naval warfare, information operations, cyber law, emerging technologies, detention, rules of engagement, rule of law, individual and command responsibility counter terrorism and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The presentations were supplemented with five seminar workshops to consolidate the training. The students were divided into 10 seminar groups and each seminar presented on the final day of the course. All of the students’ presentations were exceptional.