Partners and Legal Pitfalls

92 International Law Studies 407 (2016)

26 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2016 Last revised: 20 Oct 2016

Date Written: October 13, 2016


Partnered military operations are an increasingly prominent feature of armed conflict and one which presents a distinct set of legal challenges to States assisting partners. This is particularly true of the war in Syria which is characterized both by States working with and through other States and non-State actors and by the widespread violation of the law of armed conflict (LOAC) by many of the parties. This article considers the legal implications of LOAC violations by a party to the conflict for the State or States providing it assistance and identifies risk mitigation measures that assisting States can adopt.

Keywords: Law of Armed Conflict, Complicity, Aiding and Abetting, War Crimes, Vetting, Syria, Partners

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Finucane, Brian, Partners and Legal Pitfalls (October 13, 2016). 92 International Law Studies 407 (2016), Available at SSRN:

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