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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 ensure
    • 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 is a volunteer organization. There is no membership fee.


Join Us

TO JOIN LAW in trying to effect a return to the rule of law, email 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 law@portal.ca


Michael Mandel Peace Internship

Michael Mandel, renowned legal scholar and peace activist and the co-founder and co-chair of LAW, died on 27 October 2013. The Michael Mandel Peace Internship has been created in memory of Professor Mandel, to support the initiative of law students interested in promoting peace and social justice in regions of struggle and conflict around the world. To apply or donate see HERE.


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