November 11, 2021
CENTER FOR ETHICS AND THE RULE OF LAW
Dense urban warfare involving sophisticated networks of tunnels and concentrated numbers of civilians above ground presents many legal and operational challenges. The goal to eliminate Hamas appears to be inextricably linked to high numbers of civilian casualties under such circumstances. How does the IDF calculate proportionality in its fight against Hamas? Is Israel’s current offensive in Gaza consistent with the requirements of proportionality and distinction under LOAC? More generally, is the goal to eliminate Hamas compatible with the duty to mitigate civilian harm? Featuring speakers Professor Geoffrey S. Corn and Maj. (Res.) Ben Wahlhaus. Moderated by Professor Claire Finkelstein.