Jeffrey Kovar


Jeffrey Kovar is the Assistant Legal Adviser for Political-Military Affairs at the United States Department of State. He directs an office advising on matters involving international humanitarian law, the use of force, counter-terrorism, cyber operations, law of war detention, military cooperation and basing agreements, sensitive intelligence operations, and weapons sales and transfers under the Arms Export Control Act and the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations. The views he expresses are his own and are not necessarily those of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. government.

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The United States’ Practical Approach to Identifying Customary Law of Armed Conflict

The following post is part of a symposium based on a conference panel that discussed issues of customary law of armed conflict, at the 4th Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Military Advocate General (MAG) Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict, held in Herzliya, Israel, during May 8-10, 2023. The post is based on the author’s presentation in the…

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