Lawfare in Hybrid Wars

A Small Symposium on “Lawfare in Hybrid Wars to Impose Neoliberal Regimes
as a Threat to the World: Critical Approaches”

as part of the 17th Annual International Conference on Law
13-16 July 2020, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Law 

The Law Unit of ATINER will hold a Small Symposium on “Lawfare in Hybrid Wars to Impose Neoliberal Regimes as a Threat to the World: Critical Approaches”, 13-16 July 2020, Athens, Greece as part of the 17th Annual International Conference on Law sponsored by the Athens Journal of Law.

The use of the law to produce perverse effects in relation to their original vocation is not a novelty, as shown by the false humanitarian interventions. However, the contemporary trend brings sophisticated novelties, insofar as legal maneuvers replace traditional warfare without the use of force. The strategy known as “lawfare” is a kind of “hybrid war” that uses the legitimacy of the law, the actors of the justice system and the judicial process, combined with powerful media coverage committed to transnational economic interests to carry out the political persecution of an enemy. It is also referred to as the “politicization of justice system” or the “judicialization of politics”. The ultimate goal is the conquest of power by a coup d’etat or regime change, while destroying the democratic rule of law and imposing a neoliberal system which had been defeated in the electoral processes. The discourse behind lawfare is the fight against the supposed systemic corruption of progressive governments, while corruption is treated as a transnational crime. The side effect of the defeat of right-wing parties, the crisis of neo-liberalism and lawfare is the rise of neo-fascism and all its shadowy consequences, that result from agreements between the traditional elites and the extreme right.

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Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycenae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

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