Lawfare means the use of the law as a weapon of war.
It denotes the abuse of Western laws and judicial systems to achieve strategic military or political ends.
Lawfare is inherently negative. It is not a good thing. It is the opposite of pursuing justice. It is filing frivolous lawsuits and misusing legal processes to intimidate and frustrate opponents in the theatre of war. Lawfare is the new legal battlefield.
Lawfare proponents manipulate international and national human rights laws to accomplish purposes other than, or contrary to, those for which they were originally enacted. For example, the stifling of free speech.
Such “libel lawfare” promotes itself through malicious defamation lawsuits targeting anyone brave enough to speak openly about the real and imminent threat of terrorism. These lawsuits are aimed at silencing and punishing the exercise of free speech on issues of national security.
Libel lawfare, combined with slanderous accusations of “Islamophobia”, have lead to a detrimental chilling effect in the counter-terror community, where members of government and the media engage in self-censorship about theologically motivated terror in order not to appear “bigoted.”