At the crossroads of scholarship and practice

The Lieber Institute at West Point facilitates and contributes to the global dialogue on today’s most pressing and complex law of war issues. Through its research, publications, events and education, it strives to advance the understanding and maintain the primacy of law in today’s armed conflicts.

The Lieber Institute seeks to bridge the divide between legal scholarship and battlefield experience in the study of the law. It engages in innovative research and collaboration on multiple topics of legal study including targeting, detention, artificial intelligence, emerging technologies and war crimes accountability.

Researching Cutting-edge Issues.
Promoting Understanding.
Empowering Combat Leaders.

 

Protecting Schools in Armed Conflict

Protecting Schools in Armed Conflict

In early July 2024, the BBC reported that the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) had conducted an air strike on a school in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza. According to Palestinian sources, sixteen people were killed, with dozens more injured in the attack on the...

Laws of Yesterday’s Wars Symposium – Ottoman Laws of War

Laws of Yesterday’s Wars Symposium – Ottoman Laws of War

Editor’s note: The following post highlights a chapter that appears in Samuel White’s third edited volume of Laws of Yesterday’s Wars published with Brill. For a general introduction to the series, see Dr Samuel White and Professor Sean Watts’s introductory post. The...

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