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The Legality of the NATO Bombing in Libya

International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 159-171, 2013

University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2013-07

MultiRights Research Paper No. 13-01

16 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2013 Last revised: 19 Nov 2013

Geir Ulfstein

Faculty of Law, University of Oslo; Pluricourts

Hege F. Christiansen

Independent

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

On 17 March 2011 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1973 authorizing member states to take forceful measures to protect Libyan civilians. Clearly NATO actions to protect civilians were within the mandate. But the authors claim that operations aiming at overthrowing the Qaddafi regime were illegal use of force. The overstepping of the mandate may have a negative effect on the credibility of the responsibility to protect in future gross human rights violations.

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Ulfstein, Geir and Christiansen, Hege F., The Legality of the NATO Bombing in Libya (2013). International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 159-171, 2013; University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2013-07; MultiRights Research Paper No. 13-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2213179

Geir Ulfstein (Contact Author)

Faculty of Law, University of Oslo ( email )

PO Box 6706 St Olavsplass
Oslo, 0130
Norway

Pluricourts

Norway

Hege F. Christiansen

Independent

No Address Available

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