COL (RET) Dick Jackson


COL (ret) Dick Jackson

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Colonel (Retired) Richard B. “Dick” Jackson retired (for a second time) in 2016. He served as the Special Assistant to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General for Law of War Matters from 2005-2016, after spending over 30 years in uniform in the U.S. Army.

Dick Jackson has extensive experience in the law of war and international and operational law, in general.

He served in Infantry, Special Forces, Joint and Coalition commands during his military career. Most of the last ten years he spent as the principal legal advisor at a U.S. Army Division, Multinational Division North in Bosnia, the Army Special Operations Command, U.S. Army Pacific, and Joint Forces Command – Naples, a NATO Headquarters.

He served in military operations in Panama, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq. He was also the Chair of the International and Operational Law Department of the Army Judge Advocate General’s School, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Colonel Jackson represented the U.S. government in several international conferences and negotiations regarding arms control, the law of war, and protection of cultural property.

In 2010 he was elected to be the Chair of the Lieber Society Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, which is a private organization promoting dissemination and discussion between practitioners and academics on the law of armed conflict.

He has written extensively in professional publications and lectured around the world on law of war matters. Along with numerous law review articles, Dick Jackson is a contributing author to: The War on Terror and the Laws of War, published by Oxford University Press in 2009; The Law of Counterterrorism, published by the ABA in 2011; and the Aspen casebook, The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Approach, published in 2012.

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