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DIILS Charter

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DIILS Course Catalog

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

News

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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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Estonia personnel
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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Djiboutian Navy Personnel
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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DIILS Delivers International Human Rights & Humanitarian Law Training
A team from the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies, joined by Gender Advisors from USNORTHCOM, US Army North, and the US Office of Defense Cooperation in Mexico City delivered a Women, Peace, and Security focused International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law training to lawyers and emerging leaders in the Mexican Army and Air Force (SEDENA) and Mexican Navy and Marines (SEMAR) in August in Mexico City.
by Tricia Burke Radigan | 9/7/2021
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DIILS Partners with Armed Forces of Malta
A DIILS team met with the Special Operations Unit of the Armed Forces of Malta to conduct a Human Rights and Law of Armed Conflict Seminar.
by Tricia Burke Radigan | 8/27/2021
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DIILS Partners With Ukraine
A DIILS team traveled to Ukraine in August and met with partners from Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University and the Military Law Institute in Kharkiv.
by Tricia Burke Radigan | 8/27/2021
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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