Lawfare: Lawfare and War Crimes Tribunals (Panel 3) (Part 4)

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. Michael Kelly Speakers: Hon. James Ogoola, Principal Judge, Ugandan High Court Robert Petit, former International Prosecutor, Cambodia Tribunal, Counsel, War Crimes Section, Federal Department of Justice, Canada Prof. David Crane, founding Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone, Syracuse University College of Law Prof. Jens Meierhenrich, London School of Economics & Political Science, author, Lawfare: The Formation and Deformation of Gacaca Jurisdictions in Rwanda Amb. David Scheffer, Northwestern University School of Law, former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues 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; war crimes tribunals; lawfare and war crimes procedures; lawfare and international criminal tribunals; international criminal tribunals


Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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