Afghanistan's future subject of talk by Col. Supervielle, March 13
Department:Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination
Audience:Open to the Public
Colonel Manuel Supervielle, Former General Counsel for U.S. and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan, will present a public lecture at the Woodrow Wilson School titled "Challenges and Opportunities: Afghans Must Choose Their Future," at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus.
Manuel Supervielle is a Colonel in the U.S. Army, a Judge Advocate for the Generals Corps and a faculty member of the National War College, Ft. Lesley J. McNair in Washington D.C.
During his first five years of active duty with the Army, 1982 – 1987, Supervielle served as a prosecutor and defense counsel at over 150 court-martials in Georgia and in Taegu, Korea. He served as the general counsel to emergency disaster relief Task Forces in Western Samoa in 1990 and Bangladesh in 1991. He has traveled or deployed to over 60 nations around the world often negotiating international agreements on behalf of the U.S. government in diverse nations such as Vietnam, Madagascar, Philippines, and Argentina.
Supervielle served as the general counsel for all U.S. Army forces in Latin America from 1996 to 1998 while living in Panama. He and 23 other lawyers provided full spectrum legal services for all US Army activities in Latin America, including the execution of the treaty to return U.S. bases to Panama in 1999.
Following promotion to Colonel, Supervielle served as the general counsel for all U.S. military forces in Latin America and the Caribbean from 2000 to 2003. He led the effort to create a Military Legal Corps in Colombia designed to improve Human Rights (HR) compliance in that nation’s continuing internal armed conflict. He also helped promote HR programs in four other Latin American militaries. As the senior military lawyer responsible for detention operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he vigorously advocated for the application of international law to this mission. He served as the Executive Officer to the Army General Counsel in the Pentagon from 2004 – 2005.
Supervielle deployed to Afghanistan as the General Counsel for all U.S. and coalition forces from 2005 – 2006. Leading a team of over 60 lawyers in a combat zone, he ensured compliance with the law of war and helped create an Afghan Army Legal Corps and military judicial system. He advised the Afghan President and his cabinet ministers concerning new laws essential for strengthening the rule of law, Human Rights, due process and protection of detainees.
This event is co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination. It is free and open to the public.