NEWPORT, RI, July 12, 2019 -- CAPT Ian Wexler, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Navy, assumed directorship of the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS), a component organization of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, on July 1, 2019.
Wexler, a graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Richmond Law School, became the 13th director of DIILS, assuming the directorship from Col Kirk Davies, Judge Advocate, U.S. Air Force.
DIILS serves as the lead defense security cooperation resource for global professional legal engagement with international military service members and related civilians. The Department of Defense schoolhouse offers education and training on human rights, international humanitarian law, and the law of armed conflict.
DIILS plays a significant role in U.S. national security and foreign policy by promoting the rule of law and encouraging the development of U.S. allies and partners’ capacity for civilian control of the military, military justice, the legal aspects of peacekeeping, good governance, and anticorruption in defense reform. Since DIILS’s inception, the school has trained more than 35,000 participants from over 150 countries.
While partner-nation observance of human rights has been a long-standing consideration in planning security cooperation and security assistance programs, the U.S. Congress underscored the importance of this mission in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA now mandates human rights training in conjunction with transferring equipment, thereby developing full-spectrum capability with our allies and partners.
In his new role, Wexler will oversee DIILS diverse categories of education and training including resident courses, Congressionally-mandated training seminars, Mobile Education Teams, and periodic in-country training designed to address country legal system challenges.