The Lieber Institute seeks to increase understanding of the law of armed conflict through several educational efforts. Its annual Military Operations Course for civilian scholars, attorneys, non-governmental organization personnel, and other practitioners is designed to afford an operational perspective on law of armed conflict matters. The Lieber Institute also provides educational outreach through numerous speaking engagements at colleges, law schools and other institutions and events throughout the year. Finally, the Lieber Institute is instrumental in providing educational enrichment for Cadets at West Point, to include invited guest speakers, internships, intercollegiate programming, and travel opportunities for these future military officers.

Cadet Education 

Nested within the Department of Law at West Point, the Lieber Institute is in the unique position to provide first-class educational enrichment to future Army officers. By inviting renowned expert speakers, enabling academic exercises with civilian counterparts, facilitating internships, supervising law of armed conflict theses, and providing opportunities to attend conferences, the Lieber Institute seeks to educate and empower future combat leaders. Through its programming, Cadets are afforded a greater understanding of the complex and evolving relationship between law and warfare. 

Military Operations Course

(MILOPS Course) 

The annual MILOPS Course is designed for those interested in learning the basics of military operations from active duty personnel. Topics include weapons capabilities, intelligence support to targeting, responsibilities of a targeting cell, special forces operations, investigations, accountability and military justice, and more. The course includes both classroom sessions and one afternoon in the field where participants observe real-world military training. The course is usually held in early June every year at West Point, New York. For more information on the MILOPS Course, please contact Prof Rob Lawless at robert [dot] lawless [at] westpoint [dot] edu


Connecting with Others

Leverage our Expertise

The Lieber Institute seeks to engage in a worldwide dialogue on contemporary challenges around the law of armed conflict in the classroom and at events. Through guest lectures and other speaking engagements, Lieber Institute personnel provide an operational perspective on modern law of armed conflict issues. We believe that in promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of this body of law, a diverse and connected community of scholars, students, government and non-government practitioners, military leaders, and policymakers is essential.