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Rule of Law Handbook — A Practitioner’s Guide

2015 Edition

This is the sixth edition of the Rule of Law Handbook published by the Center for Law and Military Operations (CLAMO) at The Judge Advocate Generalís Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS). Since the last edition in 2011, the operational environment has changed significantly requiring reconsideration of what Rule of Law (RoL) practice means to judge advocates (JAs).

Eight years ago when the first edition was published, US forces were heavily involved in both Iraq and Afghanistan where military intervention had merged with capacity building and development, and the RoL missions were evolving in the context of ongoing counter-insurgency and stability operations. From the early stages of Operation Enduring Freedom2 and Operation Iraqi Freedom3 the need for legal development and support became clear. In the absence of doctrinal guidance, commanders turned to their legal experts to provide support to the embryonic democratic governments of Iraq and Afghanistan and to plan and effect RoL related projects in support of security and stability. Skilled and resourceful JAs sought to respond to these demands, largely unsupported by doctrine or any other comprehensive resource. Against this backdrop, the Rule of Law Handbook evolved with a view to providing practical guidance to JAs seeking to advance a somewhat vague and undeveloped RoL mission in challenging circumstances..

Rule of Law Handbook, 2015

Rule of Law Handbook — A Practitioner’s Guide (PDF)
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