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The Defense Institute of International Legal Studies - DIILS - is a Defense Department organization located at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. Our staff of 30 plans and executes professional legal education and international engagement focused on human rights, international humanitarian law, and the law of armed conflict. DIILS is one of several Defense resources that support the conduct of U.S. foreign policy through security cooperation.
Annually, DIILS conducts more than 100 educational events all over the world! Our staff military lawyers, called JAGs or Judge Advocates, travel to partner nations to conduct courses, seminars and workshops for international military officers, legal advisors, and defense-sector civilians. We also offer nine resident courses for international military officers and civilians at our home base in Newport
The DIILS motto is "Justitia per orbem terrarum", which means justice for all the earth. In pursuit of that lofty goal, we work with nations where the U.S. Government has a strategic interest in enhancing the rule of law, civilian control of the military, accountability, transparency and democracy. We help partner nations enhance their military justice system; build accountability and transparency into existing legal structures in order to combat corruption, terrorism, and trafficking; explain international human rights law and humanitarian standards; or share legal lessons learned from our deployments with units preparing to deploy to overseas contingency operations.
The impact of DIILS activities is more than enhancing the knowledge and skills of our participants; we also build positive relationships and mutual trust with U.S. partners and allies that enables us to work with them to achieve our common objectives.
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CDR William P. Smith, JAGC, USN
Special Assistant for Plans and Strategy
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CDR Carolyn Leonard-Cho, USCG