A NATO perspective on applicability and application of IHL to multinational forces

Questions of the applicability and application of international humanitarian law (IHL) to multinational forces are of central interest to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO, also referred to as 'the Alliance' or 'the Organisation'). Far from being incidental, multinational military coordination is the Organisation's raison d'être and the driving concept behind its methods, history and operations. Since the end of the Cold War, it has conducted a series of major multinational military operations – in and around the Balkans, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere – in which questions of the application of IHL have inevitably arisen.

About the author

Peter M. Olson
Former Legal Adviser and Director of Legal Affairs at NATO Headquarters in Brussels

Peter M. Olson was until early 2014 the Legal Adviser and Director of Legal Affairs at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. In that capacity he served as principal legal adviser to Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and as NATO’s senior legal officer.