Stockton Center hosts 'Fog of Law' workshop

Photo of professor Michael Schmitt discussing the Second Geneva Convention during a legal conference held at the U.S. Naval War College

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Tuesday, May 15-16, 2018
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, R.I. 02841

Stockton Center for International Law

This event is for Naval War College students, faculty and staff.

NEWPORT, R.I. -- U.S. Naval War College's Stockton Center for the Study of International Law hosted a workshop entitled, "The Fog of Law: Operating in the Grey Zones of International Law," May 15-16.   

The legal research workshop was co-sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross, New York University School of Law, and the online national security forum, Just Security.

The aim the event was to discuss – and add clarity to – areas of international law where considerable ambiguities remain, that states then exploit to their own advantage. 

The workshop focused on a number of different topics, including the legal issues that arise as a result of ambiguities in the conduct of hostilities, states' reliance on proxies, and the use of artificial intelligence in combat.

The workshop was attended by 30 participants from a variety of backgrounds, including academia, military, government and human rights groups. 

Issues presented during the workshop will be highlighted in the upcoming edition of the Stockton Center's International Law Studies journal, which can be accessed at

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