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Courting ConflictThe Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza$
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Lisa Hajjar

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520241930

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520241930.001.0001

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Cause Lawyering and National Conflict: Defense Lawyers

Cause Lawyering and National Conflict: Defense Lawyers

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(p.154) Chapter 6 Cause Lawyering and National Conflict: Defense Lawyers
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Courting Conflict
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Lisa Hajjar

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520241930.003.0007

This chapter discusses the cause lawyering in the military courts, highlighting two distinct but related sets of issues. One is lawyers' identities and ideologies and the other key issue is the relationship between the military court system and the conflict. In Israel/Palestine, cause lawyering became tantamount to human rights work. The issue of political ideology is more complicated and cuts across national boundaries. Furthermore, a history of defense lawyering in the military courts is presented to contextualize and elaborate on the ways in which lawyers' motivations and practices have affected and been affected by the changing conflict. The intifada contributed to the burgeoning global visibility of local Palestinian and Israeli human rights organizations and added resonance to criticisms framed in terms of international law. It generally mentions the ways in which politics shape the identities and ideologies of lawyers and animate and orient their sense of cause.

Keywords:   cause lawyering, military courts, defense lawyers, national conflict, intifada, human rights, international law

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