Welcome to the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies

About Us

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

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  • 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! DIILS 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. DIILS offers nine resident courses for international military officers and civilians at in Newport, RI.

Latest News

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DIILS Engages with Timor Leste

May 14, 2024

A team from the Defense Security Cooperation University’s Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) recently traveled to Timor Leste to meet with members of their military as part of an ongoing Security Cooperation program.

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DIILS Partners with Mexico

May 9, 2024

A team from the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) recently traveled to Mexico to conduct a seminar on Human Rights and the Law of Armed Conflict with members of the Mexican military.

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DIILS Congratulates Ms. Paula Gilevska, Republic of North Macedonia, on Her Appointment

May 2, 2024

Ms. Paula Gilevska was appointed to a diplomatic position to the Republic of North Macedonia’s Permission to the Office of Security Cooperation for Europe, United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna, Austria. Ms. Gilevska is in charge of the cyber security portfolio, cooperation with Asian partners and UNODC programs.

Students Complete DIILS Legal Aspects of Combating Terrorism Course

April 17, 2024

Twenty-one students graduated from the Defense Security Cooperation University’s Defense Institute for International Legal Studies (DIILS) 2024 Legal Aspects of Combating Terrorism course.

DIILS Partners with Papua New Guinea

April 16, 2024

A team from the Defense Security Cooperation University’s Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) recently traveled to Papua New Guinea to meet with members of their military as part of an ongoing Security Cooperation program.

DIILS Partners with Peru

April 9, 2024

A team from the Defense Security Cooperation University’s (DSCU) Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) recently traveled to Peru.

DIILS Recognizes Brigadier General Diop, Senegal

March 28, 2024

Since March of 2022, Brigadier General Mactar Diop, Sénégal Army, has been the Chief of Staff of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Standby Force in Abjua, Nigeria.

DIILS Congratulates Major Texine Daw on Recent Appointment

March 5, 2024

Major Texine Daw, Guyana Defence Force, was recently appointed to Guyana’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations as First Secretary. Major Daw also serves as a legal advisor to the Mission.

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DIILS Partners with the Bahamas

February 12, 2024

A team from the Defense Security Cooperation University’s Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) recently traveled to The Bahamas to meet with members of the Bahamian military as part of an ongoing Security Cooperation program.

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DIILS Engages with Albania

January 2, 2024

A team from the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) recently traveled to Albania to conduct a seminar on Human Rights and the Law of Armed Conflict with members of the Albanian military.

DIILS Partners with Senegal

December 14, 2023

A team from the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) recently traveled to Senegal to conduct a seminar on Human Rights and the Law of Armed Conflict with members of the Senegalese military.

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DIILS Partners with Malaysia

November 20, 2023

A team from the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) recently traveled to Malaysia to conduct a seminar on Human Rights and the Law of Armed Conflict with members of the Malaysian military.

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DIILS Partners with the Dominican Republic

October 27, 2023

A team from the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) recently traveled to the Dominican Republic to conduct a seminar on Human Rights and the Law of Armed Conflict with members of the Dominican Republic Army, Navy, and Air Force.

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DIILS Engages with El Salvador

October 17, 2023

A team from the Defense Security Cooperation University’s (DSCU) Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) recently traveled to El Salvador to meet with members of the military as part of an ongoing Security Cooperation program.

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DIILS Engages with Georgia

October 11, 2023

A team from the Defense Security Cooperation University’s (DSCU) Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) recently traveled to Georgia to meet with members of the Georgian military.

Announcements

  • Our Charter - The DIILS Charter is now available here.