Weathering the Storm: Legality and Legal Implications of the Saudi-Led Military Intervention in Yemen
International and Comparative Law Quarterly / Volume 65 / Issue 01 / January 2016, pp 61-98
34 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2015 Last revised: 27 May 2016
Date Written: November 3, 2015
On 26 March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition launched ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ on the territory of the Republic of Yemen following a request by that country’s beleaguered government. Although it received no prior fiat from the UN Security Council and took place amidst a civil war, the intervention met with approval from numerous States, with only few critical sounds. Closer scrutiny nonetheless reveals that the self-defence justification, primarily relied upon, does not provide a convincing legal basis. Moreover, the intervention is problematic from the perspective of the intervention by invitation doctrine and undeniably exposes its indeterminacy and proneness to abuse.
Keywords: Jus ad Bellum, Right to Self-Defence, Intervention by Invitation, Right to Self-Determination, Principle of Non-Intervention
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