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Gaza: language and the law

Gaza: language and the law

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The war started with a war crime. Has self-defence since blurred the definition? What is a “proportional” response to mass murder? From the moment Hamas attacked Israel, word choice has coloured understanding and influenced events – and laws have looked powerless to control them. Can the law guide leaders even so? What does it say about policing protest, and what hope does it offer of some kind of accountability for the horrors of 10/7 and since?

editor and invited experts

Giles Whittell
World Affairs Editor

Emanuela-Chiara Gillard
Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House

Richard Hermer KC