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NEWPORT, R.I. - The U.S. Naval War College's (NWC) Naval Reserve Law Program unit held its annual YANKEE Operational Law Symposium in the college's Pringle Auditorium on Sept. 17-18.
Attended by more than 140 judge advocates from all four services, the U.S. Coast Guard, and members of the Canadian Forces, the symposium addressed the topic of "Operational Perspectives on Non-International Armed Conflict (NIAC)." Presenters included attorneys representing all four services, Department of Defense Office of General Counsel, FBI, an assistant U.S. Attorney and academics. Lending their expertise were Rear Adm. Steve Talson, Deputy Judge Advocate General (Reserve Affairs and Operations) and U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Thomas Ayers, Commander, The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School. 
NEWPORT, R.I. (Sept. 18, 2011) Brig. Gen. Thomas Ayres talks about detention in non-international armed conflict during the YANKEE Operational Law Symposium in Pringle auditorium at the Naval War College.  (Photo by MCC Robert Inverso) 
Topics of presentations included "Issues and Trends in NIAC," "Transnational NIAC," "Unconventional Warfare in NIAC," "Lessons Learned in Recent and Ongoing NIACs," "Human Rights Law in NIAC," the "NATO campaign in Libya," "Conflict Without 'Combatants,'" the "Targeting of Civilians in NIAC," "Command Responsibility in NIAC," the "Role of Detainee Operations in NIAC," and "Looking Ahead at the Long-Term Implications of Current Conflicts." A panel discussing "Prosecuting Piracy Cases in U.S. Courts" gained widespread accolades. 
In a first for the program, two of the lectures were broadcast live through Defense Connect Online, where attorneys from ten remote locations participated in the event. This is the eighth year NWC has hosted the event.
"The conference has again achieved a best-ever rating from a very enthusiastic and appreciative audience, the largest thus far" said Capt. Rymn Parsons, commanding officer of the NWC's Naval Reserve Law Unit. "By combining cutting-edge, high-level stuff with solid how-to advice useful to judge advocates in all Services, we have been able to develop our program into one that is increasingly recognized as a leader in the field. We're already very excited about next year."
The YANKEE Operational Law Symposium series is the primary professional continuing education event for international and operational law specialists in the Navy Reserve Law Program, but draws a large, multi-service audience of Guard, Reserve, and active duty judge advocates.
From NWC Naval Reserve Law Unit 401
Posted by Cmdr. Carla McCarthy