What is the Brigade Legal Officers Course?

Aim of the Course

To prepare military lawyers for operational deployments with Brigade Headquarters or at Task Force level.

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Suitable for senior Captains (OF-2) to Lieutenant Colonels (OF-4) who have not recently deployed as a legal advisor to a formation headquarters.
  • IELTS Level 5.5.


Two (2) weeks, with two (2) courses per year (April and October).


Operational Law Centre (OPLAW) Warminster.

Outline of Course

The course is a mixture of practical and academic instruction which assumes both a familiarity with and understanding of the Law of Armed Conflict, Rules of Engagement and to some degree targeting. Those attending will be exposed to a pragmatic approach to legal interpretation required to meet the challenges of the contemporary operating environment.

Lectures will range from the tactical to strategic level, to place the Legal Adviser’s role in context, and amongst the practical aspects considered will be targeting and the actual application of force in high pressure situations. Specialist presenters are drawn from NGOs, the military, government and academic institutions. Areas of study include counter insurgency, international agreements, international law on human rights, international criminal law, legal aspects of prisoner of war handling and targeting and post conflict resolution.

Qualifications Gained



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