Legal Interoperability

Understanding the Challenge of Legal Interoperability in Coalition Operations

In coalition operations, individual States may be responsible in law for some, but not all, of the activities conducted, and coalition members will often have different legal obligations or varying interpretations of the same obligations. In this article, David S. Goddard explores the challenges of achieving legal interoperability—the effective managing of these differences— and suggests a framework for understanding and addressing this problem.

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David S. Goddard
David S. Goddard is a barrister serving in the Royal Navy and posted, at the time this article was written, as a faculty member of the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the US Naval War College.
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