Matthew Swearingen

This paper is being written for a Military Law Senior Seminar taught by Prof.  C. Behan and influenced by an International Law class taught by Prof. C. Buys at the Southern Illinois University School of Law.  The author is a practicing attorney and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The basis for COIN rules of engagement and background for the conflict between the right to self-defense and the protection of civilians found in international law and the Law of War.