Chicago Journal of International Law


I am pleased to have this chance to write about the function of legal adviser to the Danish armed forces. I will focus on the navy, which is my branch, and on peace support operations, which are the primary function of the modem Danish military. The contents of this Article are my private views. I do not go into specific details, because I aim to provide a broad impression of some aspects of the role of military legal adviser in a time when conceptions of conflict are rapidly changing. The position of legal adviser to the Danish Armed Forces is relatively new. Created in 1997, the office consists of one legal adviser for the Joint Staff, one for each branch of the armed forces (army, navy, air force), and one for the Danish reaction forces, five in all. We do not possess a large staff-or any staff for that matter-so our responsibilities include legal research and the production of legal guidelines, as well as day-to-day necessities, such as drawing up military contracts. There are, however, dirty-seven reservist legal advisers who can be called upon to serve the entire military in wartime. That number should satisfy the need to give proper counseling to military commanders in times of heightened conflict. [CONT]