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Vacancies available: 1

DIILS Charter

The DIILS Charter is now available here.

DIILS Course Catalog

The 2021 DIILS Course Catalog has descriptions of course offerings covering the full spectrum of rule of law issues!

News

Our six most recent news articles.

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DSCU Has New President!
Dr. Celeste Ward Gventer has been selected to be the new president of Defense Security Cooperation University.
by Tricia Burke Radigan | 12/3/2021
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DIILS Partners with Romania
A DIILS team traveled to Constanta, Romania this month to conduct a maritime Institutional Capacity Building engagement.
by Tricia Burke Radigan | 11/26/2021
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DIILS Partners With Latvia
A DIILS team recently traveled to Riga, Latvia to meet with members of the Latvian National Armed Forces to conduct Human Rights and Law of Armed Conflict Seminars.
by Tricia Burke Radigan | 11/4/2021
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Job announcement
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
The Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) is recruiting for an attorney (international/military) position for maritime legal institution capacity building at Naval Station Newport, RI. DIILS is a joint agency activity under the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).
by Tricia Burke Radigan | 10/8/2021
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DIILS Participates in Baltic Regional Operational Law Workshop
In September 2021, DIILS had the honor of co-hosting the Baltic Regional Operational Law Workshop with the legal department of the Estonian Ministry of Defense in Tallin, Estonia.
by Tricia Burke Radigan | 9/28/2021
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DIILS Partners with Djibouti on Human Rights and Law of Armed Conflict
DIILS conducted a Human Rights and Law of Armed Conflict seminar for the Djiboutian Navy
by Tricia Burke Radigan | 9/21/2021
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About Us

The DIILS motto is "Justitia per orbem terrarum", which means "justice for all the earth"

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The Defense Institute of International Legal Studies - DIILS - is a Defense Department organization that plans and executes professional legal education and international engagement focused on human rights, international humanitarian law, and the law of armed conflict. DIILS is a component of the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) and directly supports the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s (DSCA) mission of advancing US national security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign security forces to respond to shared challenges.

  • Plans and executes professional legal education and international engagement focused on human rights, international humanitarian law, and the law of armed conflict.
  • One of several Defense resources that support the conduct of U.S. foreign policy through security cooperation.
  • Annually conducts more than 100 educational events all over the world! Our staff military lawyers, called JAGs or Judge Advocates, travel to partner nations to conduct courses, seminars and workshops for international military officers, legal advisors, and defense-sector civilians. We also offer nine resident courses for international military officers and civilians at our home base in Newport