The NATO Office of Legal Affairs annually organizes the NATO Legal Practitioners’ Workshop. Led by Mr Steven Hill, Legal Adviser and Director of Office of Legal Affairs, the workshop convenes all legal advisers of the NATO system. This year’s edition was dedicated to the spirit of “One NATO - Legal Readiness”. It was organized from 15 to 17 October 2018 at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels.
Mr Tobias Vestner, Head of Security and Law Programme, was invited to present on legal interoperability. He emphasized that there is no “one size fits all”-solution and that many interoperability issues depend on political and operational priorities. To achieve legal interoperability, political and military decionmakers need to be aware of troop contributing nations’ legal differences. Moreover, states need to define national legal positions and communicate them for effective management of legal differences. Dialogue among legal advisers serves that purpose. This is the aim of the GCSP Symposium for Senior NATO/PfP Legal Advisers (SSL): to provide a forum for exchange at the service of legal interoperability.