The War Lawyers

ISBN : 9780198842927

Craig Jones
384 ページ
156 x 234 mm

Over the last 20 years the world's most advanced militaries have invited a small number of military legal professionals into the heart of their targeting operations, spaces which had previously been exclusively for generals and commanders. These professionals, trained and hired to give legal advice on an array of military operations, have become known as war lawyers. The War Lawyers examines the laws of war interpreted and applied by military lawyers to aerial targeting operations carried out by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Israel military in Gaza. Drawing on interviews with military lawyers and others, this book explains why some lawyers became integrated in the chain of command whereby military targets are identified and attacked, whether by manned aircraft, drones and/or ground forces, and with what results. This books shows just how important law and war lawyers have become in the conduct of contemporary warfare, and how it is understood. Jones argues that circulations of law and policy between the U.S. and Israel have expanded the scope of what constitutes a legitimate military target, contending that the involvement of war lawyers in targeting operations not only constrains military violence, but also enables, legitimises, and sometimes even extends it.


Introduction: The War Lawyers
1 Targeting without Lawyers: The Vietnam War
2 The Birth of Operational Law
3 'The Lawyers' War
4 Targeting in the Israeli Military
5 The Kill Chain (I): Deliberate Targeting
6 The Kill Chain (II): Dynamic Targeting
Conclusion: Juridical Warfare: Limits and Possibilities


Dr Craig Jones is a Lecturer in Political Geography in the School of Geography, Sociology and Politics at Newcastle University. He completed his PhD in Geography at the University of British Columbia in 2017. He researches the geographies of later modern warfare and is especially interested legal and medical materialities of war and conflict in the contemporary Middle East. He is currently working on a second book project titled Wounds Without Borders, supported by the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF). He blogs at www.thewarspace.com and tweets at: @thewarspace.