Cause Lawyering and National Conflict: Defense Lawyers

Lisa Hajjar

in Courting Conflict

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780520241930
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937987 | DOI:
Cause Lawyering and National Conflict: Defense Lawyers

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This chapter discusses the cause lawyering in the military courts, highlighting two distinct but related sets of issues. One is lawyers' identities and ideologies and the other key issue is the relationship between the military court system and the conflict. In Israel/Palestine, cause lawyering became tantamount to human rights work. The issue of political ideology is more complicated and cuts across national boundaries. Furthermore, a history of defense lawyering in the military courts is presented to contextualize and elaborate on the ways in which lawyers' motivations and practices have affected and been affected by the changing conflict. The intifada contributed to the burgeoning global visibility of local Palestinian and Israeli human rights organizations and added resonance to criticisms framed in terms of international law. It generally mentions the ways in which politics shape the identities and ideologies of lawyers and animate and orient their sense of cause.

Keywords: cause lawyering; military courts; defense lawyers; national conflict; intifada; human rights; international law

Chapter.  13110 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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