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Lawyers and War


One reason why countries go to war is over territorial disputes. Indeed, territorial disputes are the most common cause of wars, and
in fact, it has been established that territorial disputes usually lead to military conflict. When territorial disputes escalate to very high
levels, there is a likelihood that the countries involved in the dispute will experience recurring conflicts. There are many examples
throughout history that prove this point.

Apa rt from territoria l disputes, e m plo ym e nt di spu t es, me di ca la n dl ega l ma lpra ct ic e ca se s,


o t h er d i spu t e sm aya r i se wh e n bu sine ss a nd c om m ercia l dispu tes, a n d per so na l inju ry ca se s,
one nation's activities threaten among others.
to desta bilize its adversa ries. For
insta nce, when one cou ntry is E m p l o y m e n td i sp u t e sm ay i nvo lve d i sc r i m i na t i o n ba se d o n
i nvo l ve d i n t h e p r o d u c t i o n a n d religion, ra ce, a ge, gender, a nd origin. Medica l a nd legal
testing of nu clea r wea ponry, this m a l p ra c ti c e c a se si n v o l v e m e d i c a l a n d l e ga l wo rk t h a t wa s
ca n cau se conflict if its a dversaries not carried ou t a ccording to the given profession's required
fe e l t hr e a t e n e d b y t h e ve n tu re . Ot h e ra c ti o n s, su c h a s sta n da r d s.Bu si n e ssa n d c o m m e r c ia ld i spu t e sm ay invo l ve
satellite espiona ge, forming a military alliance with a nation's partnershipagreements,corporatedisputes,contra ctual
a d ve r sa r i e s, a n d t h e l i ke , c a n a l s o l e a d t o wa r s b e t w e e n di spu t e s,i n su ra n ce di spu te s,r ea l esta te di spu t e s,a n d soo n.
countries. Liti ga tio nr ela ti ngt op er sona li nju rie smayi nc lu de slip pi nga n d
fa lling, a ssa u lt a nd ba ttery, wrongfu l dea th, a nd motor vehicle
Pri so n erso fwa ra r eo fte ntr ea te d differ e ntl ytha not h er injuries a mong others.
prisoners. For example, in the US's "War on Terror," the
m a j o r i t y o f e n e my c o m b a t a n t sh ave b e e n h e l d i n s o l i t a r y T here a re ma ny options that are a va ila ble to a pa rty tha t ha s
confine ment in the US milita ry prison a t Gu a nta na mo Ba y. been inju red, whether phy sica lly or fina ncia lly. One ca n decide to
La wye r sr e pr e se n t i n g t h e se p ri so n e r st h e re fo r e h avea seek lega l redress by going to the cou rts, or the matter ca n
d a u n t i n g t a sk i n d e f e n d i n g t h e i r c l i e n t s, a st h e y h ave n o t b e e n be settled by a greement ou tside of the c ou rts of la w.
tr ea t e d lik e o t h e rp r iso n e r si n t h e US p e n a l sy st e m . G e n era l l y
s p e a k i n g , i t i s ve r y u n c o m m o n fo r l a w ye r s t o wi n c a s e s f o r I n o r d e r t o q u a l i f y f o r a t t o r n e y j o b s, o n e i sr e q u i r e d t o h ave
prisoners of war. a c o l l e g e d e g r e e a n d t o h ave g o n e t o l a w s c h o o l f o r t h r e e
y ea r s.M oststa te sr e qu ir ela wyer swhoa r epra cti ci ng with in
To prosecute prisoners of war, mea nwhile, la wyers ma y their ju risdiction to be licensed by the releva nt sta te au thority.
h a v e t o t ra v e l t o t h e c o u n t r i e s wh e r e t h e a l l e g e d c r i m e s Li c e n su r e c o m e sa ft e r th e la wye r h a ssu c c e ss fu l l y pa sse d a
were com mitted in order to ga ther evidence to implica te the b a r e x a m i n a t i o n t h a t i sa d m i n i st e r e d by a b o d y a u t h o r i ze d by
a ccu sed. War crimes u sua lly occur over a long period of time, the state.
a n d t h i s m ay n e c e s si t a t e t h a t t h e p e o p l e i n l e g a l j o b s g a t h e r
e v i d e n c e o v e r a n u m b e r o f m o n t h s o r e v e n y e a r s . Al s o, s o m e L a wye r s wh o r e p r e s e n t p r i s o n e r s o fwa r n e e d t o b e
wi t n e s s e st o t h e a l l e g e d c r i m e s m ay h ave d i e d , a n d s o m e experienced in ha ndling interna tional criminal ca ses, a nd they
su r vi vo r sm ay n o tb e wi l li n g t o vo lu nt e e r in fo r m a t i o n .T h i s shou ld be conversa nt with interna tiona l la w. Some of the field s
m ay p r o l o n g t h e t i m e t a ke n t o g e t t h e e v i d e n c e . o fstu d y t ha t may b e h e l p fu l t ot h e m i n c lu d e i nt e r na ti o na l
rela tions, history, a nd others. In a ddition, they shou ld
Outside the arena of litera l war, firms or individua ls ma y find u n d e r sta n dt h e fo r e i g n p o li c i e so ft h e c o u n t ri e si nvo l ve d ,a n d
t h e m s e l ve s " a t wa r " wi t h o t h e r p a r t i e s d u e t o m a ny a c t i o n s t h e y s h o u l d b e r e a d y t o t ra v e l a s n e e d e d f o r t h e p u r p o s e o f
su c h a s b r e a c h e so f c o n t ra c t , fra u d , d i v o r c e , a n d so o n . ga theringevid enceto exonera tetheir cli ent s.
S o m e o ft h e d i s p u t e st h a t c o m p a n i e sa r e i nvo l ve d i n i n c l u d e

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