Army Judge Advocate to Discuss Military Commissions and Detention

Lexington, VA Friday, October 14, 2011

On Monday, Oct. 17, Lt. Col. Chris Jenks, Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army, will deliver a lecture titled "Military Commissions and Indefinite Detention under the Laws of War" at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Presented by the W&L Transnational Law Institute, the talk is scheduled to begin at noon in Sydney Lewis Hall, Classroom B. This event is free and open to the public.

Lt. Col. Jenks is an active duty Judge Advocate in the United States Army, presently serving as the Chief of the International Law Branch at the Office of The Judge Advocate General in the Pentagon. He has spent over 19 years in the Army, first as an Infantry officer serving in Kuwait and Bosnia and later as a Judge Advocate, serving in Korea and Iraq. His work focuses on the U.S. approach to war crimes investigations and prosecutions, specifically Guantanamo Bay.

Lt. Col. Jenks has published articles on international criminal law, human rights law, and government contractors. He has also spoken on those topics at universities and institutes in Australia, Italy, and South Africa, and with the militaries of the Republic of Yemen and several different European and African jurisdictions. His military awards include the Valorous Unit Award, the Bronze Star Medal, and both the Expert Infantryman and Parachutist Badges.

The W&L Transnational Law Institute was established in 2006 to support and coordinate teaching innovations, externships, internships, a speaker series and visiting faculty to help prepare students for the increasing globalization of legal practice. Learn more at

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