Office of the Legal Counsel

Mission

The Office of the Legal Counsel, located on Kelley Barracks in Stuttgart-Möhringen, is composed of a diverse, interagency team that reflects the talents, expertise, and capabilities found within the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. The office serves as the principal legal advisor to the commander and his staff, provides legal advice on a myriad of issues to include: international law, the law of armed conflict, status protections, international agreements, ethics/standards of conduct, fiscal law, contract law, military justice, and civilian personnel matters

Further, the office conducts a legal engagements program to advance the concepts that the military is subordinate to civilian authority, and ensures the military has an appropriate justice system, adheres to the Law of Armed Conflict, military forces observe, respect and protect human rights.


Vision

To provide U.S. Africa Command with timely, accurate, and prudent legal advice that enables the command and its staff to execute operations which support overall mission accomplishment. 

The Office of the Legal Counsel provides the command with sound and reasoned legal advice/guidance through four distinct branches:

International Law: international agreements/treaties, support to international exercise planning, foreign criminal jurisdiction, personnel exchange/foreign liaison agreements, and country law studies
Operational Law: counterterrorism, rules of engagement and rules for the use of force, intelligence law, information operations, antiterrorism and force protection, and maritime operations
Administrative & Civil Law: military justice, personnel law, fiscal law, ethics and standards of conduct, legislative affairs, FOIA & Privacy Act, humanitarian and civic assistance programs, and military transportation and travel
Legal Engagements: theater security cooperation related to the rule of law, including human rights, the Law of Armed Conflict, strategic communication, African economic and security organizations, and military-to-military engagements


Contact

U.S. Africa Command
ATTN: Office of the Legal Counsel
UNIT 29951
APO AE 09751-9951


DSN: 324.591.0522
Commercial: +49 (0)711.7081.0522