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Directorate of Operations and Security Law

Vision

To be the pre-eminent source of military international law and operations law advice.

Mission

To provide timely, accurate and practical advice on international law and operations law matters to the Department of Defence and Australian Government.

Responsibility

The Directorate of Operations and Security Law (DOSL) is responsible for the provision of strategic level advice to the Department of Defence on operations and international law issues.

DOSL provides advice on legal matters affecting defence strategic policy and plans, operations, exercises and training, including the impact of international law, such as the law of the sea and the laws of armed conflict.

DOSL staff routinely provide comment on draft international treaties, draft DI (G)s, defence practice areas and naval waters, participate in inter-governmental committees, brief Commands, run courses and lectures, interact with the Australian Red Cross and provide legal input for exercises and operations.

Address

Department of Defence 
Defence Legal - DOSL 
CP2-3-082
PO Box 7911 
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610
Fax: 61 02 6266 3746