Other Official Documents Related to the Law of War
In addition to the DoD Law of War Manual, the following official documents related to U.S. military practice in the law of war may be useful to DoD personnel, including legal practitioners. See the official treaty documents related to the law of war for more information.
For many years, the Department of State has published annually the Digest of United States Practice in International Law (Digest). The Digest has provided a historical record of the views and practice of the U.S. Government in public and private international law.
This webpage is a work-in-progress, and we hope to update it with additional documents. If you have any comments, such as suggestions for other useful documents to include, please let us know by emailing us.
Department of Defense Documents:
Department of Defense Directives:
- Department of Defense Law of War Program: Directive 2311.01E (May 9, 2006, incorporating change 1, effective Nov. 15, 2010, certified current as of Feb. 22, 2011)
- Department of Defense Detainee Program: Directive 2310.01E (Aug. 19, 2014, incorporating change 1, effective May 24, 2017)
- Autonomy in Weapons Systems: Directive 3000.09 (Nov. 21, 2012, incorporating change 1, effective May 8, 2017)
- The Defense Acquisition System: Directive 5000.01 (May 12, 2003, incorporating change 2, effective Aug. 31, 2018)
Department of Defense Instructions: