Office of the Legal Counsel
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 and 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
The office also engages with African partners to promote military adherence to the rule of law, systems of accountability, adherence to the Law of Armed Conflict, observance, respect, and protection of human rights, and the importance of military subordination to civilian authority.
To provide U.S. Africa Command with timely, accurate, and prudent legal advice that enables the command and its staff to execute operations that 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, anti-terrorism 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: promotes rule of law considerations in theater security cooperation activities and security force assistance, facilitates African military legal partnerships in supporting human rights and adherence to the Law of Armed Conflict, and facilitates rule of law objectives for partner nations participating in the joint exercise program.
U.S. Africa Command
ATTN: Office of the Legal Counsel
APO AE 09751-9951
Commercial: +49 (0)711.7081.0522