Join us for a discussion of Dr. Daphné Richemond-Barak's new book, Underground Warfare, which examine tunnel warfare in a systematic and comprehensive way, addressing the legal issues while keeping in mind operational and strategic challenges. The author argues that these challenges have not only been under-explored, they have also been underestimated by the community of states, security experts, and public opinion (even though elements of underground warfare have been featured in virtually every conflict post-9/11 including most recently in Libya, Gaza, Egypt, Iraq, and Syria). She analyzes traditional issues of international humanitarian law as they relate to tunnels and underground operations such as principles of dual use, proportionality, and advanced warning. She also identifies issues unique to underground warfare, including complex questions that arise when tunnels are dug underneath a state’s own civilian infrastructure and cultural and religious sites and demonstrates that underground warfare does raise issues of its own and that contending with it requires a broad set of skills and a deep understanding of its ramifications on and off the battlefield.
The talk will be introduced and moderated by Professor Lori Damrosch, the Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at Columbia Law School.
Dr. Daphné Richemond-Barak joined the IDC, Herzliya in 2009. She is Assistant Professor at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy and heads the International Law Desk of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT).
Dr. Richemond-Barak holds a Maitrise from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), a Diploma in Legal Studies from Oxford University (Hertford College), an LL.M. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University. She was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship, and was a recipient of the European Commission Scholarship, the Hertford College Prize, and the Oxford Prize for Distinction. Prior to joining the IDC, Dr. Richemond-Barak served as a clerk at the International Court of Justice, and worked as an attorney in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb.
She has acted as a private counsel for international law firms and as a legal adviser to states including the government of Colombia in its territorial dispute against Nicaragua before the International Court of Justice. She served as a member of the Committee on International and Security Affairs at the New York Bar Association, and is admitted to practice law in New York and Paris. Teaching and research interests include the role and status of non-state actors, law and terrorism, asymmetric warfare and the morality of war, international institutions, and the relationship between international law and international relations.
Dr. Richemond-Barak also established and supervised the IDC's participation in the International Committee for the Red Cross’s Jean Pictet Competition in International Humanitarian Law in which the IDC won first place in 2010 and 2011.