Hybrid Warfare and Lawfare
The Operational Law Quarterly - Center for Law and Military Operations, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2015
4 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2015 Last revised: 12 Feb 2016
Date Written: November 23, 2015
Hybrid Warfare as a method of war is not new. The change today appears to be that Hybrid Warfare “has the potential to transform the strategic calculations of potential belligerents [it has become] increasingly sophisticated and deadly”.
This short paper presents Hybrid Warfare and one of its methods, lawfare. For this, we provide a current, comprehensive definition of hybrid warfare and examine different areas where law has been/is being used as a method of war. This paper focuses on the following areas where lawfare can be applied: the Jus ad bellum, the Jus in bello and finally in International Relations where the Law of Treaties can be exploited.
Keywords: Hybrid War, Law Fare, Armed Conflict
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