Defense Department Releases Second Round of Revisions for Law of War Manual

The Defense Department published new revisions to its Law of War Manual this evening. This is the second time the document has been changed since it was first released in the summer of 2015. The first round of revisions focused on the section on journalism and changed some of the language to provide greater legal protection to reporters working in war zones. This latest update also aims to provide greater clarity, particularly on how DoD regards the law concerning human shields and civilians who work on or in military objects such as munitions factories.

The manual has been the subject of a number of Just Security posts (see here), and to be sure, the latest round of revisions will fuel further discussion on the site. Check back throughout the week for more reaction to the changes published today.

You can find the updated manual here.  

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