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The Use of Force in 2015 with Particular Reference to Syria

16 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2016  

Sir Michael Wood

UN International Law Commission

Date Written: January 11, 2016

Abstract

Lecture given at Hebrew University offering a brief look at some jus ad bellum issues that arose in the course of 2015 particularly with reference to Syria (and Iraq). Including whether: there is a right of self-defence against armed attacks by non-State actors like the so-called ‘Islamic State’; How, assuming anticipatory self-defence is permitted, the requirement of imminence applies in the case of self-defence against a terrorist group; and, possibly what is necessary and proportionate in the case of self-defence against terrorist groups.

Keywords: terror; international law; international relations, jus ad bellum, ISIS, Iraq, war, use of force

Suggested Citation

Wood, Sir Michael, The Use of Force in 2015 with Particular Reference to Syria (January 11, 2016). Hebrew University of Jerusalem Legal Research Paper No. 16-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2714064

Sir Michael Wood (Contact Author)

UN International Law Commission

New York, NY 10017
United States

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