Lawfare: Lawfare and the Israeli-Palestine Predicament (Panel 4) (Part 5)

Date of Event



September 10, 2010

War Crimes Research Symposium Frederick K. Cox International Law Center Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Moderator: Prof. Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University Speakers: Prof. William Schabas, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway Prof. William J. Aceves, associate dean, California Western School of Law Prof. Laurie Blank, Director, International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Emory University School of Law Prof. Michael Newton, Vanderbilt University Law School

Summary: Traditionally "Lawfare" was defined as "a strategy of using—or misusing—law as a substitute for traditional military means to achieve an operational objective." But lately, commentators and governments have applied the concept to International Criminal Tribunals, the defense counsel's tactics challenging the detention of al Qaeda suspects in Guantanamo Bay, and as indicated in the quote above to the controversial Goldstone Commission Report. This symposium and Experts Meeting, featuring two-dozen leading academics, practitioners, and former government officials from all sides of the political spectrum, will examine the usefulness and appropriate application of the "Lawfare" concept.

Lecture Series

Frederick K. Cox International Law Center

Subject Headings

lawfare; Israeli-Palestine Predicament; lawfare and Israel and Palestine; lawfare and Israeli-Palestinian conflict; war crimes; Goldstone Report; international criminal law


Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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