Centre for International and Operational Law

The Centre conducts research in the field of International Law and its impact on military operations. The Centre is also responsible for the International Law elements of all courses and programmes run by or in conjunction with the Swedish Defence University.

The Centre for International and Operational Law (COF) of the Swedish Defence University (SDU) is conducting research into the international and domestic legal aspects of military and civilian operations during armed conflicts and other situations of emergency and crisis. COF is also responsible for the education in this area within the various programmes of the SDU.

The Centre for International and Operational Law focuses in its research and teaching on the law regulating the use of force (ius ad bellum), the law of armed conflict (ius in bello), the law of peace operations, human rights in armed conflict, peace operations and other situations of crisis, and the law of international responsibility in military operations. Another focus lies in the areas of domestic crisis management and total defence legislation.

Head of Centre for International and Operational Law is Jann Kleffner.

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