Circumstances Precluding Wrongfulness

Principles of Shared Responsibility in International Law - An Appraisal of the State of the Art (André Nollkaemper and Ilias Plakokefalos eds., Cambridge University Press 2014, Forthcoming).

37 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2014

Date Written: February 03, 2014

Abstract

This contribution to the volume "Principles of Shared Responsibility in International Law - An Appraisal of the State of the Art" (André Nollkaemper and Ilias Plakokefalos eds., Cambridge UP 2014) assesses how the circumstances precluding wrongfulness set forth in Articles 20-27 of the 2001 Articles on State Responsibility and the 2011 Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations of the International Law Discussion cope with situations of "shared responsibility", i.e. in particular when multiple states and/or IOs try to rely on the circumstances in order to exonerate themselves for prima facie wrongful conduct. The contribution unearthes conceptual challenges for the application of the circumstances in such circumstances and pleads for a re-conceptualisation of the regime of "defences" which distinguishes between circumstances which genuinely justify conduct and circumstances which would only work as "excuses".

Keywords: State Responsibility, International Law Commission, Circumstances Precluding Wrongfulness, Justifications, Excuses, Defences

JEL Classification: K33, K42

Suggested Citation

Aust, Helmut, Circumstances Precluding Wrongfulness (February 03, 2014). Principles of Shared Responsibility in International Law - An Appraisal of the State of the Art (André Nollkaemper and Ilias Plakokefalos eds., Cambridge University Press 2014, Forthcoming).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2410125

Helmut Aust (Contact Author)

Freie Universität Berlin ( email )

Van't-Hoff-Str. 8
Berlin, Berlin 14195
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.jura.fu-berlin.de/fachbereich/einrichtungen/oeffentliches-recht/lehrende/austh/mitarbeite

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