Lawyers Against the War LAW

Linked on our blogs with Torture: The Transfers of Afgan Prisoners.

  • LAW members write legal briefs and letters examining and explaining international law governing the use of force between states.
  • Advocacy to Governments and the United Nations: LAW members lobby elected members of their national governments to oppose the illegal use of force against Iraq and Afghanistan. LAW lobbies responsible bodies of the United Nations to maintain international peace and security and to prevent the illegal use of force between states.
  • LAW members seek to lobby and inform national governments and United Nations officials by providing legal briefs and through correspondence and meetings.
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Homepage;
Torture & Law; Articles: legals, others; Letters; Reports; Press releases (in french); News; Links;
Criminal Charges: against Bush, against Rumsfield;
Contact Gail Davidson: Tel 604 738 0338, Fax 604 736 1175, E-mail.

About: LAW opposes the illegal use of force against Afghanistan and other countries and supports the use of national and international law to settle disputes, prosecute offenders and protect rights. 

Lawyers Against the War (LAW) is an international group of lawyers and others who:

  • support the use of national and international law to settle disputes, prosecute offenders, and protect human rights; and,
  • oppose the illegal use of force between states, in particular the illegal US-led use of force against Afghanistan and Iraq; and,
  • support the rule of law and adherence to international law.

LAW is affiliated with:

  • Lawyers Against the War in the United Kingdom,
  • Lawyers for Peace in the Netherlands and
  • the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (TFF), based in Sweden.

LAW members reside in: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Kenya, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, Syria, the United Kingdom and the United States.

LAW calls for:

  • an immediate end to the bombing and other illegal use of force in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • the United Nations Security Council, the United Nations General Assembly and the Secretary General of the United Nations to discharge their legal duties and institutional responsibilities to maintain international peace and security and to ensure that member states’ reactions to threats to international security, whether such threats are perceived or demonstrated, conform in all respects with international law and principles of justice.
  • national government and responsible organs of the United Nations to ensure that all actions taken internationally by states in response to inter-state crimes and disputes including the prevention, investigation, prosecution and punishment of crimes adhere to international law.
  • national governments and the responsible organs of the United Nations to ensur:
    • the rights of combatants and non-combatants,
    • fair trials for offenders suspected of or charged with inter-state crimes,
    • no impunity for human rights offenders.

LAW is a volunteer organization. There is no membership fee.

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Join Us

  • TO JOIN LAW in trying to effect a return to the rule of law, e-mail. mailto:law@portal.ca
  • LAW is asking lawyers around the world to join its members in:
  • calling for an immediate end to the bombing and other illegal use of force against Afghanistan;
  • calling on the United Nations Security Council, the General Assembly and the Secretary General to discharge their legal duties and institutional responsibilities to maintain international peace and security and to ensure that member states’ reactions to the September 11th attacks, including prevention, investigation, trials and punishment, conform with international law and principles of justice.
  • calling on national governments and the responsible organs of the United Nations to ensure the rights of combatants and non-combatants, fair trials for suspected offenders and no impunity for human rights violators.
  • For information or to receive articles on the war and international law: contact Gail Davidson, Tel 604 738 0338, Fax 604 736 1175, E-mail.

(There was a public talk on October 24, 2009 in Vancouver).

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