State Weakness, Irregular Warfare, and the Right to Self-Defense Post-9/11
April 1, 2011
American Journal of International Law, Vol. 105, No. 2, 2011
This article explores the challenge for the jus ad bellum posed by “irresponsible sovereigns” such as weak states that are either unwilling or unable to control their territory effectively and thus become safe havens for terrorists and other irregular groups.
Reviewing state practice post-9/11, the article concludes that the notion that sovereignty implies responsibility for effective territorial control has been used to support a more expansive interpretation of the right to self-defense in response to irregular warfare.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 65
Keywords: terrorism, self-defense, state failureAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: October 5, 2011
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