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New Issue: Leiden Journal of International Law

New Issue: Leiden Journal of International Law The latest issue of the Leiden Journal of International Law (Vol. 30, no. 1, March 2017) is out. Contents include: Editorial Eric De Brabandere & Ingo Venzke, The Leiden Journal of International Law at 30 International Legal Theory Patricia Popelier & Catherine Van …

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Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya

Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya

Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya (Reuters) – As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, in what may be one of the worst disasters of the Mediterranean migrant crisis, officials said …

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Self Determination and the Syrian Conflict – Recognition of Syrian Opposition as Sole Legitimate Representative of the Syrian People: What Does this Mean and What Implications Does it Have?

Self Determination and the Syrian Conflict – Recognition of Syrian Opposition as Sole Legitimate Representative of the Syrian People: What Does this Mean and What Implications Does it Have? Last week, the United Kingdom recognised the umbrella Syrian opposition organization, National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (NCS) as …

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How to Qualify the Armed Conflict in Libya?

How to Qualify the Armed Conflict in Libya?A colleague and I are currently working on an article on the qualification or classification of armed conflicts in modern IHL. The ongoing developments in Libya bring out a specific difficulty in the process of qualification which we see as problems of state …

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Can Libya Sue the UK on Recognition of the National Transitional Council?

Can Libya Sue the UK on Recognition of the National Transitional Council?Earlier this week, the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague announced that the UK now recognises the Libyan National Transitional Council (the rebels fighting Colonel Gaddafi’s forces) as the sole governmental authority in Libya. This was an implementation of the decision …

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Recognition of Libyan National Transitional Council as Government of Libya

Recognition of Libyan National Transitional Council as Government of LibyaOn June 16, I wrote a post asking “Which Entity is the Government of Libya and Why does it Matter?” In that post, I explained that what appeared to be recognition by a number of States of the Libyan “rebel” National Transitional Council (NTC) as …

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Can the Allies Lawfully Arm the Lybian Rebels?

Can the Allies Lawfully Arm the Lybian Rebels?My friend Claus Kress yesterday brought to my attention a most pertinent legal issue: In Resolution 1970, the UN Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Lybia. The embargo was reaffirmed and strengthened in op. paras. 13-16 of Resolution 1973. The embargo appears …

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What does UN Security Council Resolution 1973 permit?

What does UN Security Council Resolution 1973 permit?I spent much of yesterday conducting interviews with the media about the situation in Libya. One of the questions I was repeatedly asked concerned the scope of the UN Security Council Resolution 1973 which authorises the use of force in Libya.  How far does the resolution …

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Full text of resolution 1970 (2011) – Libya

The full text of resolution 1970 (2011) reads as follows: “The Security Council, “Expressing grave concern at the situation in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and condemning the violence and use of force against civilians, “Deploring the gross and systematic violation of human rights, including the repression of peaceful demonstrators, expressing …

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