Senior legal experts from over 30 European nations are meeting at the EUCOM International Legal Conference beginning Sep. 22, 2009, in Garmisch, Germany. Co-sponsored by the George C. Marshall Center, this week-long event will encourage discussion on such emerging legal questions as: what is the military role for ensuring energy security in Europe? What are the legal and military challenges facing the future of the Arctic/High North in the decades to come? A multinational panel will also discuss trends in Status of Forces Agreements (SOFAs).
Admiral Jim Stavridis and the DoD's Principal Deputy General Counsel, Mr. Robert Taylor, will make keynote presentations on the critical roles that military and civilian attorneys play in military planning and operations. Dutch Brigadier General Jos van Duurling, Danish Commodore Per Christensen, and other senior European legal experts will also present on avariety of legal issues that impact EUCOM's partner nations, including European involvement in ISAF and combined international efforts at combating piracy.
Were you aware of the multinational involvement in these military operations far outside of the traditional geographic borders of Europe? These military and legal experts will discuss the reality of taking European military forces to international operations.
Would you like to know more? Please send us your questions and we'll present them to the experts for their comments and thoughts.
Kirk H. Samson
Attorney Advisor, YA-03
EUCOM Judge Advocate