Amos Guiora, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times for an article that appeared on January 14, “U.S. troops need better training on laws of war, experts say.”
Following the court-martial of Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich for his role in two dozen civilian deaths in Iraq, the Times interviewed military and international law experts, including Guiora, about the importance of training troops the laws of war.
In the interview, Guiora stressed that the law of war’s foundational tent is to protect civilians and said that the success of failure of that effort falls on the unit commander’ commitment. “[R]ules of engagement aren’t going to be consistently and religiously adhered to unless the commander clearly articulates unequivocally that the rules will be followed,” Guiora said.
Find the entire L.A. Times article, including Guiora’s full quotes, here.