Reoccupying international law

Int'l law must be re-examined to adjust to modern developments of warfare.

November 21, 2012 14:17
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Smoke from explosion in Gaza Strip [file]

Smoke from explosion in Gaza Strip [file]. (photo credit: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters)


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Prior to the ceasefire, this time around chances were higher that a military ground offensive would lead to Gaza’s reoccupation for a considerable period of time. Around 75,000 reserve troops had been called up. This by far exceeds the number called in similar past operations. In the Israeli political scene and ahead of elections, politicians have started voicing their concerns. But on a legal plane, to enter into Gaza will have proven how ineffective international law appears to modern developments.

This does not mean that international law is limited in its influence as  critics would like to claim. States continue to take it into consideration. Even in the present Gaza crisis, both parties participated actively in the efforts to achieve a ceasefire, acknowledging that resort to force is not the optimum. What international law needs is to upgrade its status, not just claim its place in international relations. This can only be achieved if it readjusts to the changing technical and legal developments of warfare.


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