Col. Rick Rousseau, with the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA), NATO Training Mission Afghanistan & Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan (NTM-A/CSTC-A), participated in a DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 10:30 am EDT.
Rousseau discussed their role in providing relevant, accurate, and proactive legal advice on all issues affecting NTM-A/CSTC-A commanders and staff. In addition to providing legal services internally to NTM-A/CSTC-A, the OSJA has an important function in the development of the Rule of Law in Afghanistan.
In particular, the OSJA provides the systems and institutional development of the Ministry of Interior (MOI) and Afghan National Police (ANP) legal offices. Similarly, the OSJA provides the systems and institutional development of the Ministry of Defense (MOD) and Afghan National Army (ANA) legal offices.
The OSJA provides the institutional training of the legal officers and paralegals of both the MOI/ANP and MOD/ANA in order to create a competent, professional, and effective police and army that serve the Afghan people in accordance with the rule of law.
To listen to the interview, click here.
To read the transcript for the interview, click here.
To learn more, read the Defense.gov’s story: Development Continues for Afghan Legal System