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DIILS Charter

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DIILS Course Catalog

The 2022 DIILS Course Catalog has descriptions of course offerings covering the full spectrum of rule of law issues!

News

Our six most recent news articles.

Vietman mission
DIILS Collaborates with Vietnam
In March 2022, a DIILS team traveled to Vietnam...
by Webmaster | 5/25/2022
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DIILS AND ISG PARTNER WITH PAPUA NEW GUINEA
A DIILS team joined colleagues from the Institute for Security Governance to conduct an Institutional Capacity Building engagement with counterparts from the Defense Forces for Papua New Guinea (PNG).
by Webmaster | 5/22/2022
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Ms. Susan Kidd
Congratulations on Retirement
Please join us in extending our congratulations and appreciation to Ms. Susan Kidd on her retirement from federal civilian service after nearly twelve years of dedicated service.
by Webmaster | 5/22/2022
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DIILS PARTNERS WITH GUATEMALAN NAVY
A DIILS team met with leaders from the Guatemalan Navy’s Caribbean and Pacific Naval Commands
by Webmaster | 5/5/2022
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Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF)
DIILS Partners with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF)
In April, DIILS engaged with the RBDF and other Bahamas government stakeholders.
by Webmaster | 5/5/2022
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Mr. David Clay receiving retirement certificate
Congratulations on Retirement
Please join us in extending our congratulations and appreciation to Mr. David Clay on his retirement from federal civilian service after twelve years of dedicated service to our Nation.
by Webmaster | 4/20/2022
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About Us

The DIILS motto is "Justitia per orbem terrarum", which means "justice for all the earth"

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The Defense Institute of International Legal Studies - DIILS - is a Defense Department organization that plans and executes professional legal education and international engagement focused on human rights, international humanitarian law, and the law of armed conflict. DIILS is a component of the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) and directly supports the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s (DSCA) mission of advancing US national security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign security forces to respond to shared challenges.

  • Plans and executes professional legal education and international engagement focused on human rights, international humanitarian law, and the law of armed conflict.
  • One of several Defense resources that support the conduct of U.S. foreign policy through security cooperation.
  • Annually 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