Academic Year 2010-2011
Gabriella Blum is the Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, as well as the co-director of the HLS-Brookings Project on Law and Security at Harvard Law School, where she teaches international law and international conflict management.
Following her studies of law and economics at Tel-Aviv University, Blum joined the Israel Defense Forces, and served as a senior legal advisor in the International Law Department, Military Advocate General’s Corps. During her military service, she was involved in the Israeli-Arab peace negotiations, Israeli strategic cooperation with foreign forces, and the administration of the Palestinian occupied territories.
After completing the LL.M. and SJD degrees at Harvard, she returned to the IDF, and then joined the Israeli National Security Council, Prime Minister’s Office, as a strategic advisor. In 2005, she returned to Harvard to join the Law School faculty.
Blum is the author of Islands of Agreement: Managing Enduring Armed Rivalries, (Harvard University Press, 2007), and of the recently released co-authored book (with Philip Heymann), Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on Terrorism (MIT Press), as well as of several journal articles on international law and the laws of war.
The Fog of Victory
The research explores how changes in geopolitical realities, technological capabilities and normative sensibilities shape the modern regulation of warfare, and suggests some predictions about how they might shape regulation in the future. Specifically, I wish to explore how notions of justice and fairness, as they are infused into other areas of international law, are translated into norms governing the use of force, and how they are affected by power imbalances, a greater concern for individuals (as compared to collectives), and technological means that manipulate the allocation of risk on the battlefield.