NEWPORT, R.I. (Sept. 21, 2013) Dr. Hayat Alvi, associate professor for National Security Affairs Department at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, R.I., provides a lecture for 78 Judge Advocates (JAG) from the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps on the current security situation in the Middle East during the 2013 Yankee Operational Law Training. The annual training, which focuses on traditional and emerging issues in international and operational law, is designed to train and familiarize JAGs in this ever-more-critical area of law. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Pat Migliaccio/Released)
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Pat Migliaccio, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Sept. 25, 2013
NEWPORT, R.I. – The U. S. Naval War College (NWC) Law Reserve Unit hosted the 2013 Yankee Operational Law Training for 78 Judge Advocates (JAG) from the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps in Newport, R.I., Sept. 21-22.
The Yankee Operational Law Training series is the primary professional continuing education event for international and operational law specialists in the Navy Reserve Law Program, but draws a large, multi-service audience of Guard, Reserve, and active duty judge advocates. The annual training, which focused on traditional and emerging issues in international and operational law, is designed to educate and familiarize JAGs in this ever-more-critical area of law.
“Yankee Operational Law Training doesn’t just focus on one topic,” said Capt. Kevin Kelly, commanding officer for NWC International Law Reserve Unit. “It’s a great refresher. When you come here you’re going to get a broad brush and to have experienced operational lawyers engaging in discussion is enormously beneficial.”
One talk of particular note was given by Dr. Hayat Alvi, associate professor for NWC's national security affairs department, who addressed the current security situation in the Middle East.
“I received a lot of good feedback from the attendees,” said Alvi, whose lecture focused on the current upheavals going on in Egypt and Syria. “Not being a legal expert, I gave them a different perspective outside the law box. What I addressed although not specifically a legal matter posed a lot of legal questions.”
The weekend training consisted of nine different substantive lectures, covering topics such as the future of detention operations, law of the sea issues in East and South China Seas, U.S. strategic challenges, law of armed conflict and international human rights law as well as organized armed groups, anti-piracy operations, the International Criminal Court, and presidential war and emergency powers.
“The (training) provided a timely and meaningful discussion to the military practitioners of international and operational law,“ said Cmdr. Phillip Fluhr, a participant. “It offered good strategic insight that will help inform activities of the reserve component.”