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Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala quoted in Foreign Policy article on Britain's stance on Syria

Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala lends his expertise on Britain's legal justification of strikes in Syria in the Foreign Policy article "Even Britain's Closest Friends Think Its Rationale for War Is Illegal."

Excerpt from Foreign Policy article by Colum Lynch:

"Kal Raustiala, a professor of international law at the University of California, Los Angeles, said that British opinion rests on a 'shockingly thin' legal foundation. 'I think the U.S. position is wiser to say we're going to just do it, but not justify in strict legal terms. The British laid out a template that could apply to a lot of cases.'

'We sometimes accept law breaking and say OK after the fact,' he added. In the Kosovo case, he said, 'a lot of people felt, 'OK, maybe this was necessary,' but they were not comfortable making it a doctrine. That's a loaded gun that lies around to be used in the future.'


Raustiala said that the big powers' invocation of responsibility to protect as the justification for intervening in Libya has damaged the doctrine's international standing because it was used as the basis for toppling a government, not for simply protecting civilians."

To view the original Foreign Policy article click here.


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