Breakfast Briefing with Jes Rynkeby Knudsen

The War in Ukraine from the Perspective of a Danish Military Lawyer


The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine has given rise to legal questions in a wide array of different regulated areas. What are the main areas of interest and how is the fact that we now again have an armed conflict in Europe affect the legal dynamics that are in play? How does the conflict affect military legal advisors and their work? At this briefing, Jes Rynkeby Knudsen will share the main legal concerns and considerations from within the Danish Armed Forces.

About the speaker

Jes Rynkeby Knudsen is Chief Legal Advisor in the Danish Defense Command. He is also editing author of the Danish Military Manual on International Law Relevant to Danish Armed Forces in International Operations. From 2001 to 2016, he taught the law of armed conflict course as an external lecturer at the University of Copenhagen – Faculty of Law. He was previously (1997-2006) deployed as a military legal adviser on international missions to Iraq, Bosnia Herzegovina and Albania.

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