Military Lawyers on the Battlefield: An Empirical Account of International Law Compliance

American Journal of International Law, Vol. 104, No. 1, 2010

49 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2010

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Laura Dickinson

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: December 22, 2009

Abstract

This empirical study, based on personal interviews, draws on insights from organizational theory to consider how military lawyers embedded with troops can help produce battlefield decisions that comply with international legal norms. These lawyers appear to be most likely to function effectively and encourage legal compliance if certain organizational features are present.

Accordingly, focusing on the links between organizational structure, institutional culture, and legal compliance through more nuanced qualitative analysis should contribute to a better understanding of international law compliance.

Suggested Citation

Dickinson, Laura, Military Lawyers on the Battlefield: An Empirical Account of International Law Compliance (December 22, 2009). American Journal of International Law, Vol. 104, No. 1, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1628658

Laura Dickinson (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States

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