The Law of War Handbook should be a start point for Judge Advocates looking for information onthe Law of War. It is the second volume of a three volume set and is to be used in conjunction withthe Operational Law Handbook (JA422) and the Documentary Supplement (JA424). TheOperational Law Handbook covers the myriad of non-Law of War issues a deployed Judge Advocatemay face and the Documentary Supplement reproduces many of the primary source documentsreferred to in either of the other two volumes. The Law of War Handbook is not a substitute forofficial references. Like operational law itself, the Handbook is a focused collection of diverse legaland practical information. The handbook is not intended to provide "the school solution" to aparticular problem, but to help Judge Advocates recognize, analyze, and resolve the problems theywill encounter when dealing with the Law of War.The Handbook was designed and written for the Judge Advocates practicing the Law of War. Thisbody of law is known by several names including the Law of War, the Law of Armed Conflict andInternational Humanitarian Law. While these terms may largely be used interchangeably, forhistorical and contextual reasons, the Law of War will be used in this publication. Unless otherwisestated, masculine pronouns apply to both men and women.The proponent for this publication is the International and Operational Law Department, The JudgeAdvocate General's Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS). Send comments, suggestions, and workproduct from the field to TJAGLCS, International and Operational Law Department, Attention: MAJKeith Puls, 600 Massie Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903-1781. To gain more detailedinformation or to discuss an issue with the author of a particular chapter or appendix call MAJ Puls atDSN 521-33
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The 2004 Law of War Handbook is on the Internet at www.jagcnet.army.mil. After accessing thissite, Enter JAGCNet, then go to the International and Operational Law sub-directory. The 2004edition is also linked to the CLAMO General database under the keyword Law of War Handbook
2004 edition. The digital copies are particularly valuable research tools because they contain manyhypertext links to the various treaties, statutes, DoD
CJCSInstructions, Joint Publications, Army Regulations, and Field Manuals that are referenced in the text.If you find a blue link, click on it and Lotus Notes will retrieve the cited document from the Internetfor you. The hypertext linking is an ongoing project and will only get better with time. A word ofcaution: some Internet links require that your computer contain Adobe Acrobat software.To order copies of the 2004 Law of War Handbook, please call CLAMO at (434) 971 3339 or emailCLAMO@hqda.army.mil.