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Definition of the noun Lawfare

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  1. The use of international law to attack or condemn a rival country.


Lawfare is a recently coined word not yet appearing in the Oxford English Dictionary, a portmanteau of the words 'law' and 'warfare', said to describe a form of asymmetric warfare. Lawfare is asserted by some to be the illegitimate use of domestic or international law with the intention of damaging an opponent, winning a public relations victory, financially crippling an opponent, or tying up the opponent's time so that they cannot pursue other ventures such as running for public office, similar to a SLAPP lawsuit.

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Google previewThe Human Right to Dominate (2015)

by Nicola Perugini, Neve Gordon

a continuation of political activity by other means,' so too, lawfare is a continuation of terrorist activity by other means.”70 The ministry's logic is ...

Google previewHuman Rights and War Through Civilian Eyes (2016)

by Thomas W. Smith

The website laments “the depressing reality that America remains at war with itself over the law governing its warfare with others.”17 Some claim lawfare is a ploy to criminalize the entire Western way of war, placing beyond ...

Google previewRobot Ethics (2011)

The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics by Patrick Lin, Keith Abney, George A. Bekey

Lawfare is a strategy of using or misusing law as a substitute for traditional military means to achieve military objectives. Each operation conducted by the U.S. military results in new and expanding efforts by groups and countries to use lawfare ...

Google previewSurveillance in America: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and the Law [2 volumes] (2016)

An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and the Law by Pam Dixon Executive Director

Lawfare Blog ...

Google previewGarner's Dictionary of Legal Usage (2011)

by Bryan A. Garner

“Libel lawfare is oftentimes [ read often] used interchangeably with the term libel tourism.” R. Ashby Pate, Blood ...

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Lawfare Meaning

Video shows what lawfare means. The use of the judicial system against one's foes often only to attack or condemn a rival.. Lawfare Meaning. How to pronounce ...

Scrabble value of L1A1W4F4A1R1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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