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This Article offers a rhetorical analysis of the term “lawfare.” It is concerned with both Dunlap’s intended meaning and the textual implications and latent significations within the discourse on law and war from which the term “lawfare” evolves and which it references. That is, what ideas are attached to law and to war as specific human products, and how lawfare expresses ideas about each of them, and to ideas about their relationship?


This Article offers arhetoricalanalysis of the term "lawfare. " It examines the term within the context of its historical genesis, and reviews its evolving definition. Drawing upon insights from non-legal disciplines, the Article argues that rhetorically, "lawfare" indicates alternative and critical ways to think of law in relation to war.