26 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2007
Date Written: 2007
Proportionality is considered one of the basic principles of International Humanitarian Law, or the Laws of Armed Conflict. And yet, it is an extremely difficult concept to apply. The formula which requests military commanders to take into account the damage to the civilian population of the enemy seems to be full of vague terms and undefined expressions. Using the conflict in Lebanon during the summer of 2006 as a case study, this comment offers a new look at the concept of proportionality. It suggests that much of the debates concerning proportionality emanate from different understandings of the term. The paper offers that in some situations states view proportionality as a form of reprisal. The paper also attempts an initial application of this explanation to the conflict in Lebanon.
Keywords: International humanitarian law, laws of armed conflict, proportionality, Israel, Lebanon, Hezbullah
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Cohen, Amichai, The Lebanon War and the Application of the Proportionality Principle (2007). Hebrew University International Law Research Paper No. 6-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=983436 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.983436