Title

Lawfare: Introduction (Part 1)

Date of Event

9-10-2010

Description

September 10, 2010

War Crimes Research Symposium

Frederick K. Cox International Law Center Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Speakers: Dean Robert Rawson, Case Western Reserve University School of Law Prof. Michael Scharf, director, Cox Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law Prof. Michael Kelly, president, AIDP, Creighton University School of Law 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.

Subject Headings

lawfare; international criminal law; war crimes

Location

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Document Type

Video

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