Lawfare: Lawfare: Is "Lawfare" a Useful Term? (Panel 2) (Part 3)

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September 10, 2010

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

Moderator: Daniel Moulthrop, Executive Director, "The Civic Commons," former producer/host, WCPN 90.3 FM ideastream (NPR Cleveland) Speakers: Pro: Major General Charles Dunlap, Jr., Deputy Judge Advocate General, U.S. Air Force Prof. Paul Williams, American University, Exec. Dir., Public International Law and Policy Group Con: Scott Horton, Contributing Editor, Harpers Magazine, Lecturer, Columbia Law School Prof. Leila Nadya Sadat, Washington University School of Law (St. Louis) 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.

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lawfare--definition; lawfare; international criminal tribunals; lawfare and international criminal tribunals; international criminal law; Goldstone Commission Report; Guantanamo Bay detention; detention of enemy combatants


Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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