Author Archives: Lisa Hajjar

About Lisa Hajjar

Lisa Hajjar is a professor of sociology at the University of California – Santa Barbara. Her work focuses on issues relating to law and conflict, specifically military courts and occupations, torture and targeted killing. Publications include Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza (University of California Press, 2005) and Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights (Routledge 2013). She is currently working two books, one titled The War in Court: The Inside Story of the Fight against US Torture in the “War on Terror” which is under contract with University of California Press, and the other titled Genealogies of Human Rights in the Arab World, coauthored with Omar Dewachi.

A Commentary on Human Shields: A History of People in the Line of Fire

This essay is part of a symposium on Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini’s Human Shields. All contributions to the symposium can be found here. A few minutes before midnight on May 1, 2011, President Barak Obama went on television to announce that the nation’s most wanted man was dead. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who orchestrated the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 that killed almost three thousand people, now lay in a watery grave in an undisclosed location. “Justice has been done,” Obama said. Continue reading →