Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) held a very successful Legal Conference last month to discuss emerging legal issues facing CMF and its partners.
CMF hosted a two day legal conference on 21 – 22 March in Bahrain. The aim of the conference was to bring together legal officers from CMF member States, regional States, law enforcement agencies, and the UN to identify, assess and debate legal issues.
Participants from Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, the UK and the US, as well as EUNAVFOR, NATO and NCIS, came to Bahrain. The conference programme consisted of presentations and discussions about a range of legal issues that have been challenging CMF, including narcotics trafficking prosecutions, the framework for CTF 150 operations, and cooperation between CMF and law enforcement agencies.
The Conference was a great opportunity for international partners to come together and develop legal strategies to deal with issues associated with multi-national operations. The attendees discussed different perspectives, limitations and legal regulations so that CMF can work towards more effective combined operations in the future.
Australian navy lawyer and conference convener, Lt Cdr Michael Paes, said: “As a Bahrain based lawyer, the conference provided an excellent opportunity for face-to-face discussions with a global network of legal advisors and partner agencies to discuss common issues and make plans for future engagement.”