From International Law Department

NEWPORT, R.I. - The U.S. Naval War College's International Law Department (ILD) conducted its annual Maritime Security Cooperation Workshop at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 20-24.

ILD again partnered with Australia’s Asia-Pacific Center for Military Law (APCML) in conducting the event. APCML is a collaborative initiative of Australia’s Defence Legal Division and the Melbourne University Law School.

With 45 participants from 17 nations, the workshop aimed to develop a common understanding of key international law principles that govern maritime operations and to promote maritime security cooperation within the Asia-Pacific region. 

Topics discussed included law of the sea, law of naval warfare, use of force, rules of engagement, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations, maritime law enforcement, counter-piracy operations, multinational operations, environmental law, and more.

Participating nations included: Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Cambodia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Three members of ILD served as faculty: Stockton Professor Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Dave O’Connell, and Professor Dennis Mandsager, the workshop director.

This year the event was co-sponsored by Commander Pacific Command, Commander Pacific Fleet, and Commander 14th Coast Guard District. Next year the event will be hosted by APCML in Sydney, Australia.

The workshop was made possible through the support of the Naval War College Foundation.

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii | From Aug. 20-24, the International Law Department conducted its annual Maritime Security. (Photo courtesy ILD)

Posted by Cmdr. Carla M. McCarthy
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