10 Tips For Operating Under A Status-Of-Forces Agreement

Law360 (October 3, 2019, 4:22 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government has military bases and outposts around the world and — as it does within the United States — utilizes contractors to support its mission overseas. Because military personnel and employees of government contractors are necessarily in foreign countries, questions arise about how and which laws of the host nation apply. This uncertainty is often resolved with bilateral — or multilateral — agreements between the host nation and the United States that are known as status-of-forces agreements, or SOFAs.

SOFAs serve a number of functions. First, they define the legal status of U.S. Department of Defense personnel and supporting...

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