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.
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Ukraine Symposium – The Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group & Ukrainian Prosecutions of Russian POWs – Part 2
A prior post recounted the recent trial and guilty plea by Russian Army Sergeant Shishimarin in Ukraine. That post identified a number of important substantive and procedural legal considerations from those proceedings. This post provides similar attention to a...
Ukraine Symposium – The Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group & Ukrainian Prosecutions of Russian POWs – Part 1
On 25 May 2022, the European Union, the United States, and the United Kingdom announced the establishment of the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group for Ukraine (ACA). According to the announcement, “[t]he overarching mission of the ACA is to support the War Crimes Units...
The duty to distinguish oneself from non-combatants and civilians (e.g., by wearing a uniform or distinctive emblem) is a characteristic of every domain of warfare, including the aerial environment. In naval and air warfare, the main focus of distinction is on...
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