Command & Staff Operations Law


This course is a foundation level course for regional military officers, designed to raise the awareness of commanders and their staff about key operations law issues that affect contemporary military operations.

The course is equally intended to promote regional engagement through an interactive learning program and associated networking opportunities.  The course has an emphasis on course participants contributing to and sharing perspectives. Activities within the program are designed to promote networking.


 International humanitarian and human rights law; Use of force; Law of weaponry; Targeting law; Law of the sea and naval warfare; Air operations; Rules of Engagement; Command responsibility; Peace operations; Cyber operations; The role of the United Nations in global security; Status and treatment of detainees; Multinational operations and interoperability; International Committee of the Red Cross; Civil-military cooperation; Law, ethics and military operations; and International criminal law and tribunals.


  1. Understand the legal environment of contemporary military operations.
  1. Apply the legal principles of contemporary operations to the Asia Pacific, and other, regions.
  1. The graduate is to choose to display a positive attitude toward building professional relationship with regional counterparts.


Date: 28 Oct – 08 Nov 2019

Location: Military Law Centre, Victoria Barracks, Sydney, NSW.

Duration: 10 Working Days.

Minimum rank: 03 (CAPT equivalent) / APS 5.

Maximum rank: 06 (COL equivalent) / EL2.

Uniform requirement: Uniform appropriate for representational duties.

Computer knowledge: Not essential.

ADFELPS Language Profile: S6, L6, R6, W6 or Academic IELTS test level S5.5, L5.5, R5.5, W5.5

Course Fees: Nil for ADF/APS personnel. Nil for international students – sponsored by IPDIV.

Nominations: ADF/APS enrol via nomination form on DEFGRAM. International students nominate through post to IPDIV.

Resources: United Nations Charter, Geneva Conventions I, II, III & IV, Additional Protocols I & II, Sanremo Rules of Engagement Handbook

Command and Staff Operations Law Course in the Philippines

Dates: 13 – 24 May 2019; A JAG Workshop will also be held from 9-10 May 2019
Location: Armed Forces of the Philippines Education, Training and Doctrines Command (AFPETDCOM)

Open to nominations from members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as well as international delegates.