Law Of Peace Operations


The Law of Peace Operations Course is a foundation level course for regional military Officers, designed to provide an introduction to the legal issues relevant to the creation and conduct of peace 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.


Legal Framework of Peace Operations, Formation of UN Peace Ops, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Rights Law, Law of Armed Conflict, Rule of Law on Peace Ops, Use of Force on Peace Ops, Rules of Engagement for Peace Ops, Command Responsibility and Accountability, The Role of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Peace Ops, Policing/Law Enforcement on Peace Ops, Law of Detention on Peace Ops.


  1. Understand the legal environment of international peace operations.
  1. Apply the legal principles of peace operations to the Asia Pacific region.
  1. The graduate is to choose to display a positive attitude toward building professional relationship with regional counterparts.


Dates: 25 February – 1 March 2019

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

Duration: 5 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

Institute for Security Studies, ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The UN and the Protection of Civilians in South Sudan’ Issue Paper 275 (November 2014)

Stimson Centre, ‘Will They Protect Us for the Next 10 Years? Challenges Faced by the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan’(November 2014)