By Geoffrey Alderman, September 24, 2009
Christine Chinkin, professor of international law at the London School of Economics, is a much-published academic, the recipient of numerous awards.
On January 11, her signature appeared, along with the signatures of other lawyers, below a letter in the Sunday Times that was highly critical of Israel’s military action in Gaza. The signatories deplored Hamas’s rocket attacks on Israel. But these attacks did not, protested the signatories, justify Israel’s military response, which, in the view of the signatories, amounted to “aggression, not self-defence.”