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NATO Legal Advisor Course

Conducted by COSEC


The aim of this course is to prepare Military and civilian legal advisors to address non-operational, administrative legal issues routinely encountered when working for or with NATO organizations.


Duration: 1 Week
Course Structure: Resident (1)
Language: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Classification: NATO Unclassified
Discipline: ETE - Education,Training, Exercises & Evaluation
Area: LG - NATO Legal
Depth of Knowledge: 2 - Intermediate
ePrime No.: ACT.158
ETOC Code: ETE-LG-2688

Course Iterations

Code Course Dates Open Seats
M5-34-A-24 25 - 29 Mar 24 Contact POC
M5-34-B-24 07 - 11 Oct 24 Contact POC

If you wish to join a resident course you may have your agency POC send a seat request. Please click on the POC Finder to obtain the contact information of your agency POC.

ADL courses can be accessed without the need for enrolment but students are required to register through the JADL portal using a military/government email address otherwise they will not be accepted.

Learning Objectives

NATO as an International Organization: Given references, students will recall the general nature of international organizations, key founding principles of NATO, founding NATO legal instruments, NATO’s legal evolution and general structure, and the role of the NAC & International Staff (civil and military).

NATO as an International Actor & NATO SOFA: Given references, students will recall how NATO interacts with other national/international entities, various forms of international arrangements, and the content and practical application of key NATO legal documents.

NATO SOFA and Privileges & Immunities: Given references, students will demonstrate the ability to determine correct resolution of claims, status, and jurisdiction issues by proper application of NATO SOFA provisions and different legal bases of immunity under the NATO SOFA, Paris Protocol and Ottawa Agreement.

NATO Internal and Administrative Law: Given references, students will recall how legal services are provided to the Alliance, how NATO budgetary and financial policy operates, NATO’s standardisation processes, the legal significance & purpose of different types of NATO documents, and how to use NATO’s CLOVIS database for locating documents.

Course Participants

Military officers (OF-1 through OF-5) and NCOs (OR-7 through OR-9), or civilian equivalent, who are assigned as a LEGAD/Paralegal to a NATO billet or a national billet that requires involvement with NATO. Previous participation in the M5-32 NATO Staff Officer Orientation Course or M5-33 NATO NCO Orientation Course is recommended but not mandatory.

Language Proficiency: English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
Rank Requirements: NCO: OR-7 thru OR-9
Officer: OF-1 thru OF-5


The one-week course is built around four general daily themes – NATO as an international organization, NATO as an international actor, NATO SOFA, privileges, and immunities, and NATO internal & administrative law. Specific topics falling under the applicable theme are presented in order to build towards a small group exercise based upon the NATO SOFA. In syndicates, students work with a dedicated mentor to develop answers for a set of detailed questions. Each syndicate presents its answers to the reunited course and discusses how they reached their a conclusions.


You are encouraged to complete the following ADL modules prior to attending the course.

ADL Modules

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