Debating the Libyan intervention: precedents and departures in international humanitarian law

The Oxford University's Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict debate the meaning of the Libyan intervention for international law and whether the UN Resolution 1973 permits the targeting of Gaddafi and the supplying of rebel fighters.
Cheyney Ryan Dapo Akande David Rodin Jennifer Welsh
25 May 2011

Codirectors of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict Jennifer Welsh, David Rodin and Dapo Akande debate Nato's ongoing intervention in Libya in a discussion chaired by ELAC visiting fellow Cheyney Ryan.

Jennifer Welsh assesses the impact of the Libya intervention on Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and the UN's tradition of impartiality. David Rodin stresses the dual importance of the culpability of the state and the culpability of the target. Dapo Akende argues that the resolution aims at war termination, but that this does not preclude targeting Gaddafi.

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