Ethiopia's Armed Intervention in Somalia: The Legality of Self-Defense in Response to the Threat of Terrorism

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Awol Kassim Allo

The London School of Economics and Political Science

Date Written: December 1, 2010

Abstract

Whereas there are debates among some academic circles that the events of 9/11 have constituted a change in the law of self-defense, this article argues against the possibility, even of the desirability, of such an assertion. By situating the law of self-defense in the context of ‘terrorism’ and the threat thereof, this article argues that Ethiopia’s claim for a lawful exercise of its right to self-defense falls short of the requirements of the law even if Ethiopia was neither questioned nor condemned by the United Nations Security Council or the African Union.

Suggested Citation

Allo, Awol Kassim, Ethiopia's Armed Intervention in Somalia: The Legality of Self-Defense in Response to the Threat of Terrorism (December 1, 2010). Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, Vol. 39, No. 1, p. 139, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1760567

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