Targeting

Hays Parks and U.S. Views on Targeting Law

Hays Parks and U.S. Views on Targeting Law

Three decades after its publication, Colonel W. Hays Parks’s article Air War and the Law of War remains a key resource for attorneys who advise on targeting operations. The article is noteworthy for its deep exploration of the history of the law of war as well as its...

Hays Parks and Direct Participation in Hostilities

Hays Parks and Direct Participation in Hostilities

As he did with so many subjects of the law of war, W. Hays Parks left an indelible imprint on the long fraught question of direct participation in hostilities by civilians. From early legal advice to expert consultations and seminal academic contributions, his work...

Terrain Denial Fires on the Modern Battlefield

Terrain Denial Fires on the Modern Battlefield

Stability and counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria have provided the primary source of operational experience for currently serving American military leaders and legal advisors. Regardless of whether U.S. forces will (or logistically can)...

Down Is Not Always Out: Hors De Combat in the Close Fight

Down Is Not Always Out: Hors De Combat in the Close Fight

Note: this piece builds on a recent article published in Infantry Magazine. While that article was intended “to equip infantry leaders with the knowledge required to train their soldiers to make confident, split-second decisions in combat,” this piece is focused on...

Warnings as a Precautionary Measure: Gaza

Warnings as a Precautionary Measure: Gaza

On May 15, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) gave advance warning of an airstrike against the Al Jalaa Tower in Gaza. IDF operational summaries of Operation Guardian of the Walls highlight extensive use of warnings in furtherance of the recognized obligation to take...

Israel, IHL, and the Al-Jalaa Tower

Israel, IHL, and the Al-Jalaa Tower

The most recent flare-up of active hostilities between Israel and Hamas once again brought to the forefront of legal discussions questions of responsibility and accountability for civilian deaths and damage to civilian property caused by Israel’s attacks in the Gaza...

Legal Protection of the Media in Armed Conflict: Gaza

Legal Protection of the Media in Armed Conflict: Gaza

  On May 15, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) conducted an airstrike on Al Jalaa Tower, a 12-story building in the Gaza Strip. Conducted as part of Operation Guardian of the Walls, the attack destroyed the tower, which housed the Associated Press and Al Jazeera...

Israeli Attacks on Gaza’s Tower Blocks

Israeli Attacks on Gaza’s Tower Blocks

  Once more, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict has erupted into open violence and a miserable display of destruction and human suffering. In what has become a familiar pattern, the fighting on the ground is accompanied by a war of words. Mutual recriminations and...