John Swords

Head of Operational and International Humanitarian Law Team, MOD Central Legal Services, Government Legal Department

John Swords leads the Operational and International Humanitarian Law Division within the Ministry of Defence on behalf of the Government Legal Department. His team in Whitehall provides legal advice to senior officials and ministers on defence operations at the strategic level and he also oversees the mixed military and civilian legal team at operational command, in the Permanent Joint Headquarters Northwood.