On Monday, a New York jury found the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Authority responsible for a series of terror attacks that killed and maimed American citizens in Israel from 2002 through 2004. The politically-fraught civil judgment in Sokolow vs PLO awards the victims an initial $218.5 million (a sum that may still be tripled) under provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act that allows,
The Meaning of Lawfare
Popularized by General Charles Dunlap, “lawfare” usually describes the use of law as a weapon of war. A broad and robust debate surrounds the concept, debates over precisely how to define the term and whether an increase in “lawfare” is an inherently lamentable development in the history of warfare. Here at Lawfare, however, we use the term a bit more broadly. For us, “lawfare” refers also to the depressing reality that America remains at war with itself over the law governing warfare. This slightly novel sense of the word—which is admittedly not its normal usage—binds together a great deal of the work we do at this site.