Workshopping Rules of Engagement

Published on LEUT Luke Reynoldson (author and photographer)

Location(s): Victoria Barracks, Paddington, NSW

Participants from four of the 19 world militaries participating in the Rules of Engagement workshop hosted by the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law.
 
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Participants from four of the 19 world militaries participating in the Rules of Engagement workshop hosted by the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law.
Participants from 19 world militaries came together during August at the Military Law Centre, Victoria Barracks, for the Rules of Engagement workshop hosted by the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law.
 
The workshop provided an interactive forum where leading military lawyers and academics helped participants develop their knowledge on the creation and application of Rules of Engagement to a range of differing military operations.
 
It also taught participants how to use the San Remo Rules of Engagement Handbook, with co-author of the handbook, Captain Robert McLaughlin presenting.
 
While the lectures provided participants with background knowledge on Rules of Engagement, it was the syndicate work that consolidated their new skills, and new relationships with foreign military officers were made.
 
Royal Australian Navy Legal Officer, Lieutenant Robert Foster, said he found the workshop rewarding.
 
"I feel I left with an increased understanding about applying Rules of Engagement in real world environments, and with valuable connections in the Asia Pacific Region," Lieutenant Foster said.
 
Similar sentiments were echoed by other participants, particularly in relation to the real world case studies examined during the workshop regarding United Nations peacekeeping operations.
 
Participants can now share their knowledge with other operators to promote a greater understanding of Rules of Engagement.