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Current Issues in the Law of Military Operations

Start/End Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:10 PM EST -- 01:10 PM EST
Location Name JGH 105

HRI invites you to a lunch time discussion with Major-General Blaise Cathcart the Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Forces.  Cathcart will discuss his role as a legal advisor to the Government of Canada in matters related to military law and describe some of the issues facing legal advisors during military operations, such as targeting, detention, information sharing and the challenges posed by emerging means and methods of warfare such as computer network operations and autonomous weapons systems. He will also discuss his role as the superintendent of the administration of military justice in the Canadian Forces.

Major-General Blaise Cathcart joined the Canadian Forces as a legal officer with the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) in 1990.  Since 1990, Major-General Cathcart has served in a number of positions within the Office of the JAG, and has a breadth of knowledge and experience particularly in the area of operational law. He has provided legal advice on issues arising from domestic and international operations and was intimately involved in providing legal advice at the strategic and operational levels during the planning and execution of the Canadian Forces participation in the Campaign Against Terrorism.

He has participated in many Canadian Force missions as a legal advisor including; as legal advisor to Commander Canadian Contingent United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) and the United Nation Peace Forces (UNPF) in the former Yugoslavia in 1994 and 1995; the Senior Legal Advisor to the Commander Canadian Task Force Bosnia-Herzegovina (SFOR) from February to September 2000. He was the legal advisor to Joint Task Force 2, the Canadian Forces Counter-Terrorism/Special Operations unit from 1997-2000.

He is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School (Bachelor of Law) and post-graduate studies (LLM) in Public International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, England where he graduated with “Distinction”.