U.S. Naval War College professor Hayat Alvi discusses the current security situation in the Middle East with a multi-service audience at the 2012 annual YANKEE Operational Law Symposium. More than 140 law professionals from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Canadian armed forces attended the symposium. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edward Luchetti/released)
NEWPORT, R.I. – The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) International Law Reserve Unit hosted its annual YANKEE Operational Law (OPLAW) Symposium on Sept. 22-23 in the college’s Mahan Reading Room.
The YANKEE OPLAW Symposium series is the primary professional continuing education event for international and operational law specialists in the Navy reserve law program and draws a large, multi-service audience of guard, reserve and active-duty judge advocates.
"This conference brings together the Navy's top international and operational law reservists to examine the most pressing legal issues. This enables them to fold seamlessly into the Navy's efforts to execute legally complex missions ranging from special operations in third countries to freedom of navigation operations in contested waters," said professor Michael Schmitt, chairman of NWC’s international law department.
Topics discussed included: developments in the law of armed conflict; anti-terrorist operations; the laws of naval operations; targeting; cyber warfare and military commissions.
“It is a great means to discuss the latest news and updates in the field of law,” said Hayat Alvi, a professor with the national security affairs department at the NWC. “The audience asked very compelling questions.”
Alvi gave a presentation detailing the current security situation in the Middle East.
More than 140 law professionals from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Canadian armed forces attended the symposium.
“This is the best way to get a quick download of ops law for busy reservists on a single weekend, especially for participants in the New England area,” said Air Force Reserve Col. Theresa Negron, a symposium attendee.
The Yankee OPLAW Symposium has evolved over the past 10 years and fulfills the NWC’s goal of educating and developing leaders.
Edited by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Dietrich and James Brooks
Posted by Dan Marciniak