Lawfare: Historical and Semiotic Origins of “Lawfare” (Panel 1)

September 10, 2010
War Crimes Research Symposium
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Moderator:
Prof. Tawia Ansah, Visiting Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Speakers:
Prof. Wouter Werner, VU University, Amsterdam
Prof. Susan Tiefenbrun, Thomas Jefferson 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.

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Israel’s Legal Borders Under International Law 3 of 3

What are Israel’s borders under international Law? Atty. Howard Grief is the Author of The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law. Mr. Grief tells Mark Kaplan in this Israel Independent TV News interview why Israel is not obligated to surrender Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority, and how President Obama may be violating US constitutional law by pressuring Israel to freeze settlement construction. More info from: http://justicenow4israel.com/

Duration : 0:8:14

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Hold Israel Accountable – Palestine Legal Aid Fund

Urgent Appeal – Legal Action on Gaza Aid Flotilla – by Palestine Legal Aid Fund (http://www.humanrightsfund.org )

Mary Nazzal-Batayneh of the Palestine Legal Aid Fund urges you to support the appeal for legal action following Israel’s attack on the Freedom Flotilla.

As soon as Israeli commandos attacked, the need for an international effort to secure and preserve evidence from passengers was clear.

A single donation to the Palestine Legal Aid Fund was all that was necessary to give the go ahead to UK-based lawyers to start preparing advice for the detainees, and coordinating the international collection of evidence for use in any future legal case or UN fact-finding mission.

The legal cases will not only seek justice for those killed, injured and detained on the flotilla. They will hold Israeli authorities legally accountable, and provoke an examination of the illegal blockade and humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Your help is needed to support this vital work. Through making a donation, fundraising in your community, or showing your support in another way, you can ensure this work continues, and that the strongest possible case reaches court. Take action: sign up at www.humanrightsfund.org

info@humanrightsfund.org

Credits: Amamram TV

Duration : 0:2:27

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Business News Briefs – NJ Corruption Probe, De Beers Woes – Bloomberg

Mayors and Rabbis Arrested in Secaucus and Hoboken NJ, 30 Arrests Altogether in Corruption Probe; De Beers Seeks to Renew $3.5 Billion Loan (Bloomberg News)

Duration : 0:1:31

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Trend Pushes Us into Horrors, Omitting International Law is Dangerous

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Before I make the follow-up video to the 9/11 Tiles for America Memorial video, I have to comment on a trend that pushes us closer to having to build more memorials to future victims of horrors which we have an obligation to prevent. The trend of ignoring the rule of law when discussing potential military actions.

There are enormous advantages and benefits to having a civilized society so we must demand our right to have a civilized society and call out those who ignore constitutional law. Public discourse should reenforce civilized society not constantly work against it.

The rule of law is the foundation of a civilized society. Omitting the illegality of a specific military action you are discussing undermines efforts to keep our society and politicians civilized.

What they are discussing, Israel or the US bombing Iran, would be a war crime. That should be said every time this insanity is discussed.
http://thinkprogress.org/2010/04/20/rubio-israel-iran/
http://thinkprogress.org/2010/04/21/bolton-krauthammer-iran/
Pass it On: http://bit.ly/TrendPushesUs
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US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer: A Presentation on International Law

The Blum Center for Developing Economies Presents:

“International Law”

A presentation by US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, followed by a conversation with Dean Christopher Edley, UC Berkeley School of Law.

Stephen Breyer, born in San Francisco in 1938, is a graduate of Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard Law School. He taught law for many years at Harvard and has also worked as a Supreme Court law clerk, a Justice Department lawyer, an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor, and Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 1990 he was appointed an appellate court judge by President Carter. In 1994 he was appointed a Supreme Court Justice by President Clinton.

Sponsors: Blum Center for Developing Economies, International House

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