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The influence of Operation Allied Force on the development of the jus ad bellum

The influence of Operation Allied Force on the development of the jus ad bellum

Haines, Steven (2009) The influence of Operation Allied Force on the development of the jus ad bellum. International Affairs, 85 (3). pp. 477-490. ISSN 0020-5850 (Print), 1468-2346 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2346.2009.00809.x)

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Abstract

Some have argued that NATO's air campaign against Serbia in 1999 was manifestly unlawful, others that it was an entirely legitimate humanitarian intervention. A third position suggests that the intervention while unlawful, in the strictest sense, was nonetheless legitimate. Here, a customary law right to intervene was seen as emerging, permitting action to prevent a mass atrocity crime, even when UN Security Council authorization was absent. Did Operation Allied Force, then, add to the case for the emergence of this new customary norm? While the 1990s was a decade of humanitarian intervention, the decade since has been dominated by international action against terrorism and, of course, the effects of the highly controversial US and British led invasion of Iraq. In this context, there is scant evidence that a customary right or obligation to intervene for humanitarian reasons has crystallized since 1999. But if Kosovo achieved anything, it was to prompt greater attention to the merits of the argument in favour of a ‘responsibility to protect’. If NATO's 1999 action were repeated today in a similarly unauthorized manner it would still be unlawful, but it would perhaps be seen as a legitimate means to preventing a mass atrocity crime.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Article first published online: 28 APR 2009. Issue published online: 28 APR 2009.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Operation Allied Force, jus ad bellum, Serbia
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Law & Criminology
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:23
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9561

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