Ashley Deeks

The NATO Intervention in Libya―2011

PUBLISHER
Oxford University Press
DATE
2018
 

Abstract

This contribution discusses in detail the Security Council-authorized intervention by NATO in Libya in 2011, in response to the Libyan government’s extensive violence against civilians. It sets out the facts and context of the crisis, the legal positions of the main protagonists, and the international community’s reactions. It then surveys the debates about whether NATO’s use of force exceeded the Security Council authorization. Finally, it evaluates the precedential value of the intervention, including its effect on Russia’s and China’s willingness to authorize force in future Chapter VII situations and the intervention’s influence on the idea of a “responsibility to protect,” including its role in revealing the difficulty of calculating the proportionality of humanitarian responses.

Citation

Ashley S. Deeks, The NATO Intervention in Libya―2011, in Tom Ruys & Olivier Corten The Use of Force in International Law: A Case-Based Approach, Oxford University Press, 749-759 (2018).
 

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