Twelve Key Questions on Self-Defense against Non-State Actors – and Some Answers

International Legal Studies vol. 95 (2019)

Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2019-41

Amsterdam Center for International Law No. 2019-20

32 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2019 Last revised: 2 Dec 2019

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Terry D. Gill

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for International Law

Kinga Tibori-Szabó

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for International Law

Date Written: July 11, 2019

Abstract

This paper delves into the key questions surrounding the debate on self-defense in response to attacks conducted by autonomous non- State armed groups (NSAGs) and provides some answers. In this context, the questions of how necessity, proportionality and immediacy relate to the exercise of self-defense against NSAGs are examined. The controversial doctrine of 'unwilling and unable' States and how this relates to the aforementioned criteria is also given attention.

Keywords: Self-Defense, Non-State Armed Groups, Necessity, Proportionality, Unwilling, Unable

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Gill, Terry D. and Tibori-Szabó, Kinga, Twelve Key Questions on Self-Defense against Non-State Actors – and Some Answers (July 11, 2019). International Legal Studies vol. 95 (2019), Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2019-41, Amsterdam Center for International Law No. 2019-20, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3418255 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3418255

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Kinga Tibori-Szabó

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Amsterdam, 1000 BA
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