Sunday, February 25, 2007

Lawfare 'splained

Consul-at-Arms gets a hat tip for his post re: "Criminalizing War":
This is perhaps the best explanation of "lawfare" that I've seen yet and should be required reading for anyone possessing the franchise, certainly for anyone on the bench or presuming to practise law.

Money quote(s):

"The term "lawfare" describes the growing use of international law claims, usually factually or legally meritless, as a tool of war. The goal is to gain a moral advantage over your enemy in the court of world opinion, and potentially a legal advantage in national and international tribunals."

That's it. The definitive definition of waging war by other means, a legal form of assymetrical judo where our own strengths are turned into vulnerabilities.

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