Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 22, 2013

Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues Stephen J. Rapp and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Rule of Law and Detainee Policy William K. Lietzau will host the Lieber Code Sesquicentennial Celebration at the National Archives on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. The Lieber Code—also known as General Orders No. 100: Instructions for the Government of Armies of the United States in the Field—contained ground-breaking standards for the conduct of war addressing: the rights of prisoners of war, the inviolability of civilians, the means and methods of warfare, the limits of military necessity, sexual violence, cultural property, the administration of territories under occupation, and military jurisdiction.

The event will feature a panel discussion among principals from the Departments of State and Defense, joined by Professor John Fabian Witt of the Yale Law School, who has recently written the definitive history of the Lieber Code, Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History. A private reception for invited guests will follow.

Media are encouraged to contact Gary Shaw ( if they plan to attend the panel discussion. Please note that the use of photography in the National Archives is highly limited.

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PRN: 2013/0458