Stockton Center "Fog of Law" Workshop: May 2018

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

Stockton Center for the Study of International Law

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

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

The legal research workshop is 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 is to discuss – and add clarity to – areas of international law where considerable ambiguities remain, that states then exploit to their own advantage. 

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

Each of the workshop sessions will be introduced by a topic lead before the subject is opened up for general discussion. Prior to the workshop, the topic leads will each write blog posts for Just Security, highlighting the issues they intend to present.  

The same individuals will also submit articles for publication in the Stockton Center's journal, International Law Studies following the event, which can be accessed at

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