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College of Law hosts discussion of military actions, the law of armed conflict

Daniel Rothenberg
September 28, 2011

Two U.S. Air Force combat pilots visited the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University on Sept. 30, to talk about the degree to which military actions are bound by a special set of rules known as international humanitarian law or the law of armed conflict. 

“Applying the law of war to current conflicts: Regulating Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq” will feature Major Michael Wilburn (ret.) and Major Greg Krino. The program, free and open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Armstrong Hall on ASU’s Tempe campus. 

The speakers were introduced by Tom Christie, chairman of the board of the American Red Cross, Grand Canyon Chapter, a co-sponsor of the event with the College of Law’s Center for Law and Global Affairs. Daniel Rothenberg, professor of practice at the law school and the Center’s Executive Director, also will participate.

“Although armed conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have received substantial media attention, many Americans remain unaware of the degree to which targeting decisions and other aspects of military missions are impacted by legal concepts and analysis,” Rothenberg said.

The program kicks off a two-day workshop for graduate and law students from across Arizona on international humanitarian law. Students will learn about human dignity in the midst of war, the Geneva Conventions, basic rules of international humanitarian law and the role of the Red Cross during armed conflict.

Janie Magruder,
Office of Communications, College of Law