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

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Andres B Mosquera


Sascha Dov Bachmann

Bournemouth University - The Media School; Swedish Defence University (FHS); Bournemouth University

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

Suggested Citation

Mosquera, Andres B and Bachmann, Sascha-Dominik Oliver Vladimir, Hybrid Warfare and Lawfare (November 23, 2015). The Operational Law Quarterly - Center for Law and Military Operations, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2015 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2698228

Andres B Mosquera

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Sascha-Dominik Oliver Vladimir Bachmann (Contact Author)

Bournemouth University - The Media School ( email )

Bournemouth, BH12 5BB
United Kingdom

Swedish Defence University (FHS) ( email )

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Stockholm, 114 28

HOME PAGE: http://https://bournemouth.academia.edu/SaschaDominikBachmann

Bournemouth University ( email )

Bournemouth, BH1
United Kingdom

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