Self Defence and it Dangerous Variants: Afghanistan and International Law

Hovell, D. and Hughes, M., 2022. Self-Defence and its Dangerous Variants: Afghanistan and International Law. LSE Public Policy Review, 2(3), p.4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.31389/lseppr.53

12 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2022

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Devika Hovell

London School of Economics - Law School

Michelle Hughes

London School of Economics - Law School; VALRAC Innovation, LLC; London School of Economics

Date Written: May 2, 2022

Abstract

The question as to whether Operation Enduring Freedom was justified under international law may seem one that has passed its practical use-by date. Yet, as may be disturbingly apparent from current global conflicts, justifications relied on by certain states in the past can influence their credible use by other states in the future and diminish opportunities to refute them. In this essay, the authors examine the international legal arguments used by the United States and its allies to justify the intervention in Afghanistan. They look at the impact these justifications had on the authority, purpose and expectations of Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as on relevant frameworks for cooperation and acceptable limits of collateral damage. The authors also look at the impact these justifications have had on interpretations of the law of self-defence in modern conflict more broadly.

Keywords: Afghanistan, Armed Conflict, International Law, Self-Defence

Suggested Citation

Hovell, Devika and Hughes, Michelle, Self Defence and it Dangerous Variants: Afghanistan and International Law (May 2, 2022). Hovell, D. and Hughes, M., 2022. Self-Defence and its Dangerous Variants: Afghanistan and International Law. LSE Public Policy Review, 2(3), p.4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.31389/lseppr.53, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4189376

Devika Hovell

London School of Economics - Law School ( email )

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Michelle Hughes (Contact Author)

London School of Economics - Law School ( email )

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

VALRAC Innovation, LLC ( email )

London School of Economics ( email )

United Kingdom

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