The Conflict with Islamic State: A Critical Review of International Legal Issues

A. Bellal (ed.), The War Report: Armed Conflict in 2014, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015

29 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2015

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Antonio Coco

University of Essex, School of Law

Jean-Baptiste Maillart

Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law

Date Written: May 2015

Abstract

Islamic State (IS) is a radical jihadist armed group that controls vast swathes of territory in eastern Syria and across northern and western Iraq. Its existence and activities have prompted numerous States to intervene against it. Rather than focusing on the responsibility of Islamic State itself, the present contribution assesses the legality of the behavior of the States who interact with the armed group. In particular, the authors assess the legality of the use of force against Islamic State, exploring the current international regulation of self-defense and military interventions by invitation of the territorial State. The chapter also analyses whether any State bears responsibility for (or in relation to) the violations of international law performed by Islamic State.

Keywords: Islamic State, State responsibility, use of force, self-defence, intervention by invitation, attribution, complicity

Suggested Citation

Coco, Antonio and Maillart, Jean-Baptiste, The Conflict with Islamic State: A Critical Review of International Legal Issues (May 2015). A. Bellal (ed.), The War Report: Armed Conflict in 2014, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2669157

Antonio Coco (Contact Author)

University of Essex, School of Law ( email )

Colchester, Essex CO43SQ
United Kingdom

Jean-Baptiste Maillart

Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law ( email )

73 Guenterstalstr.
Freiburg i. Br., 79100
Germany

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