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Responsibility for Coups d'Etat in International Law


Jean D'Aspremont


University of Manchester - School of Law; University of Amsterdam

June 2, 2010

Tulane Journal of International & Comparative Law, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 451-475, 2010

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It is the aim of this article to demonstrate that the impact of coups d’état in international political discourse outweighs actual consequences under the law of responsibility in international law. This article argues that - leaving aside the hypothesis of effective control by a foreign state - coups d’état, despite being systematically condemned in political discourse, do not engage the responsibility of any state as they cannot be attributed to any international legal subject. The article however argues that coups can constitute preparatory actions to a subsequent internationally wrongful act.

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Keywords: International Law, Coup d'Etat, Democracy, Elections, Change of Government, State Responsibility, Attribution, International Law Commission, Rebellion, Insurgency, Control, Organ

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Date posted: June 4, 2010 ; Last revised: January 1, 2013

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d'Aspremont, Jean, Responsibility for Coups d'Etat in International Law (June 2, 2010). Tulane Journal of International & Comparative Law, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 451-475, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1619282

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Jean D'Aspremont (Contact Author)
University of Manchester - School of Law ( email )
Manchester M13 9PL
United Kingdom
University of Amsterdam ( email )
Amsterdam Centre for International Law
P.O. Box 1030
Amsterdam, 1000 BA
Netherlands
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