Integrating Lawfare and Warfare
17 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2017
Date Written: August 11, 2016
Current military campaigns are not waged solely on the physical battlefield, but in multiple other arenas. One such arena is lawfare: legal activity that supports, undermines, or substitutes for other types of warfare. In today’s law-rich environment, with an abundance of legal rules and legal fora, strategists must evaluate the full scope of possible legal argumentation. Lawfare can substitute for warfare where it provides a means to compel specified behavior with fewer costs than kinetic warfare, or even in cases where kinetic warfare would be ineffective. As a result, lawfare can be strategically integrated into military command structures to bring about desired outcomes.
Keywords: Lawfare, Laws of Armed Conflict, Strategy, Propaganda
JEL Classification: F50, F51, K33
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