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On October 7, Hamas carried out a murderous attack against civilians in Israel. Israel has responded with extensive air strikes and a ground invasion that has resulted in widespread destruction in the Gaza Strip. Both sides have been accused of violating the rules governing the conduct of war and committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and even genocide. Despite the widespread invocation of these terms in social media and the press, the content and application of the complex body of rules and principles governing armed conflict is not well-understood, and questions about how the rules apply is often contested. Professors Sagan and Weiner will discuss the relevant laws of armed conflict and principles of just war theory and the question of when violations of those laws and principles constitute war crimes in the context of the war currently being waged in Israel and the Gaza Strip.
|Scott D. Sagan
Caroline S.G. Munro Professor
of Political Science
Co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation
|Allen S. Weiner
Director, Program on International and Comparative Law,
Stanford Law School
Carlos Kelly McClatchy Lecturer
Department of Communication