Accession Number:

ADA523182

Title:

Lawfare: The Colombian Case

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

62.0

Abstract:

The terrorist groups in Colombia have applied Maos theory of protracted peoples war against the Colombian government. They are seeking to use all available means of struggle to achieve their revolutionary goals and to counteract government policy. One way that Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia FARC, Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional ELN, and illegal paramilitaries confront the nation is through the use of lawfare, which is defined as an opposing forces use of the national and international judicial systems to achieve victory and legitimacy when they cannot challenge the government militarily. Terrorist groups have skillfully infiltrated the Colombian judicial system and are using both national legal institutions and the international law system against the government. They have received support for their struggle from various agents and organizations within Colombian society that, intentionally or unintentionally, are serving their interests. This monograph provides a holistic understanding of the complex situation currently taking place in Colombia, shows how FARC and ELN are using lawfare as a tool to challenge the government in the protracted peoples war, and offers ways in which the government can deny the terrorist groups the ability to utilize the judicial system to achieve their political goals.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE