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Self-Defence Against Non-State Actors: Impulses from the Max Planck Trialogues on the Law of Peace and War

85 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2017 Last revised: 2 Apr 2017

Anne Peters

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Christian Marxsen

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Theodore Christakis

University Grenoble-Alpes, CESICE, France; Institut Universitaire de France

Olivier Corten

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Irene Couzigou

University of Aberdeen

Jochen A. Frowein

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Letizia Lo Giacco

Lund University, Faculty of Law

Leena Grover

University of Zurich

Matthias Hartwig

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Larissa van den Herik

Leiden University

Shin Kawagishi

Shizuoka University

Guy Keinan

Israel Defense Forces (IDF)

Karin Oellers-Frahm

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Inger Oesterdahl

Uppsala University

Carl-Philipp Sassenrath

University of Bonn - Department of Law

Britta Sjöstedt

Lund University

Paulina Starski

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Christian J. Tams

University of Glasgow, School of Law

Antonello Tancredi

University of Palermo

Priya Urs

Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law

Sir Michael Wood

UN International Law Commission

Date Written: March 27, 2017

Abstract

The legality of self-defence against non-state actors is currently one of the most contested issues of the jus contra bellum. How should we interpret state practice – has it already given rise, in law, to a broader concept of self-defence, or is the traditional state centred view still good law? Under which specific requirements should self-defence against non-state actors, if at all, be regarded as lawful and how can an abuse of an extended right to self-defence be prevented? The “Impulses from the Max Planck Trialogues on the Law of Peace and War” consist of short essays dealing with these questions.

The essays are grouped in four categories:

1) restrictivist positions upholding a state-centred approach towards self-defence;

2) expansive interpretations of the law, presenting arguments for the legality of self-defence against non-state actors;

3) conceptual alternatives to the current debate; and

4) a number of meta-questions.

Keywords: jus contra bellum, self-defence, non-state actors, unwilling/unable doctrine, conflict in Syria

Suggested Citation

Peters, Anne and Marxsen, Christian and Christakis, Theodore and Corten, Olivier and Couzigou, Irene and Frowein, Jochen A. and Lo Giacco, Letizia and Grover, Leena and Hartwig, Matthias and van den Herik, Larissa and Kawagishi, Shin and Keinan, Guy and Oellers-Frahm, Karin and Oesterdahl, Inger and Sassenrath, Carl-Philipp and Sjöstedt, Britta and Starski, Paulina and Tams, Christian J. and Tancredi, Antonello and Urs, Priya and Wood, Sir Michael, Self-Defence Against Non-State Actors: Impulses from the Max Planck Trialogues on the Law of Peace and War (March 27, 2017). Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2017-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2941640 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2941640

Anne Peters (Contact Author)

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

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Christian Marxsen

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

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Theodore Christakis

University Grenoble-Alpes, CESICE, France ( email )

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Olivier Corten

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) ( email )

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Irene Couzigou

University of Aberdeen ( email )

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Jochen Frowein

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

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Germany

Letizia Lo Giacco

Lund University, Faculty of Law ( email )

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Lund
Sweden

Leena Grover

University of Zurich ( email )

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Switzerland

Matthias Hartwig

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

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Germany

Larissa Van den Herik

Leiden University ( email )

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Netherlands

Shin Kawagishi

Shizuoka University ( email )

Shizuoka
Japan

Guy Keinan

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) ( email )

Israel

Karin Oellers-Frahm

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Im Neuenheimer Feld 535
69120 Heidelberg, 69120
Germany

Inger Oesterdahl

Uppsala University ( email )

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Uppsala, 751 20
Sweden

Carl-Philipp Sassenrath

University of Bonn - Department of Law ( email )

Regina-Pacis-Weg 3
Postfach 2220
Bonn, D-53012
Germany

Britta Sjöstedt

Lund University ( email )

Box 117
Lund, S221 00
Sweden

Paulina Starski

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

Im Neuenheimer Feld 535
69120 Heidelberg, 69120
Germany

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Christian Tams

University of Glasgow, School of Law ( email )

Stair Building
5 - 8 The Square
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8QQ
United Kingdom

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Antonello Tancredi

University of Palermo

I-98121 Palermo, Buenos Aires
Italy

Priya Urs

Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law ( email )

4, rue Alphonse Weicker
Luxembourg, L-2721
Luxembourg

Sir Michael Wood

UN International Law Commission

New York, NY 10017
United States

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