War of Lies: Protecting Civilians from Disinformation during Armed Conflict

21 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2021

Date Written: June 5, 2021

Abstract

Disinformation in armed conflict may pose several distinctive forms of harm to civilians: exposure to retaliatory violence, distortion of information vital to securing human needs, and severe mental suffering. The gravity of these harms, along with the modern nature of wartime disinformation, is out of keeping with its traditional classification in international humanitarian law (IHL) as a permissible ruse of war. Instead, a patchwork set of protections drawn from IHL, international human rights law (IHRL), and international criminal law (ICL) may limit disinformation operations during armed conflict. However, numerous gaps and ambiguities undermine the force of this legal framework, calling for further scholarly attention and clarification.

Suggested Citation

Katz, Eian, War of Lies: Protecting Civilians from Disinformation during Armed Conflict (June 5, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3860972 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3860972

Eian Katz (Contact Author)

Canmore Company ( email )

United States

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