The Invasion of Panama Was a Lawful Response to Tyranny

American Journal of International Law, Vol. 84, p. 516, 1990

Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 11-33

11 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2011  

Date Written: March 7, 2011

Abstract

The Grenada and Panama interventions contributed to the momentum of popular sovereignty. Not only did the United States remove tyrannical leaders from those two countries, but more importantly it set an example that has undoubtedly shaken other ruling elites that enjoy tyrannical control in their own countries. For even if some of those entrenched elites regard themselves as secure against popular uprising in their own countries (usually by the application of torture and brutality against political dissidents), they cannot now feel totally insulated against foreign humanitarian intervention. Thus, Grenada and Panama may very well act as catalysts in the current global revolution of popular sovereignty. In this respect, as well as on their own merits, the two interventions underscore the unraveling of statist conceptions of international law. The arguments of Professors Farer and Nanda, struggling to conform to the tautological jargon of statism, already seem anachronistic.

Keywords: Transboundary Use of Force, Article 18 of the OAS Charter, Article 2(4) of the UN Charter, U.S. Intervention in Panama 1989-1990

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K33

Suggested Citation

D'Amato, Anthony, The Invasion of Panama Was a Lawful Response to Tyranny (March 7, 2011). American Journal of International Law, Vol. 84, p. 516, 1990; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 11-33. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1780524

Anthony D'Amato (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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