International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association

International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association

November 28, 2006 16:27 ET

ICDAA/Military Lawyers, Operations and the Rule of Law: American Colonel Larry D. Youngner to Speak in Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 28, 2006) - On the occasion of a training workshop on international criminal law, the International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association will host a conference by keynote speaker Larry D. Youngner, Colonel of the U.S. Air Force. The event will take place on December 11th, 2006, at 6pm, at the Salle des Boiseries in the Judith-Jasmin Building of the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).

Colonel Larry D. Youngner is Chief of the Operations Law Division for the Office of the Judge Advocate General at the Headquarters of the U.S. Air Force. As an expert of humanitarian law, he will discuss the American position on the Geneva Conventions. The Geneva Conventions, as well as the additional amendment protocols, form a set of judicial measures related to the conduct of war and they ensure the protection of the people.

Colonel Youngner's knowledge in international affairs is based on his professional experience. As Chief of the Operations Law Division, he has served as legal adviser on international, doctrine and joint planning matters. The Operation Law Division participates in international negotiations and U.N. conferences. Before he became the Chief of the Operation Law Division, Colonel Youngner deployed as a staff judge advocate in 1999 to Bosnia-Herzegovina and in 2003 to Iraq. In 1994, he deployed as a circuit defence counsel to Turkey in support of Operation Provide Comfort.

Colonel Youngner's address is part of a training session offered in Montreal from December 11th to December 14th 2006. Organised by the International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association, this workshop will cover criminal defence in international law. This advanced class aims to encourage lawyers to practice before international tribunals and helps to provide them with the skills necessary to plead before those institutions.

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