Dr Bill Boothby retired in July 2011 as Deputy Director of Legal Services (RAF) in the rank of Air Commodore (1 star).
During a 30 year career in the RAF Legal Branch, he serviced in UK, Germany, Hong Kong, Cyprus and Croatia. In 2009 he took a Doctorate in International Law at the Europa Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany. In the same year he published Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict through OUP. He is currently working on The Law of Targeting to be published in 2012 by the same publisher. He was a member of the Group of Experts convened by the ICRC to discuss Direct Participation in Hostilities, was a member of the Group of Experts who produced the HCPR Manual of the Law of Air and Missile Warfare and is on the drafting committee of the CCD/COE project to produce the Tallinn Manual of the Law of Cyber Warfare. He lectures and speaks widely on international law issues.