Lieutenant Colonel Durward Johnson is an active duty Army judge advocate currently assigned as the Associate Director for Law of Land Warfare and Professor of International Law at the Stockton Center for International Law, U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He served as the U.S. Army’s senior operational law trainer at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center and as a legal advisor while deployed in support of military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He holds a LL.M. in Military Law from The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center & School; a J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin. The views expressed are those of Lieutenant Colonel Johnson in his personal capacity and do not necessarily represent those of the US Army or any other US government entity.
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While biological weapons are banned under both the law of armed conflict and the Biological Weapons Convention, what about SynBio weapons that defy the classic “biological” label?