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The Conversation

Whether it's bluster or not, a dangerous message has been sent to the rest of the world that the UK government may be willing to break international law, undercutting both global order and 80 years of UK foreign policy.

Just Security

Turkey’s latest military offensive in northern Syria has triggered a heated discussion about the legality of the use of force. While operation ‘Peace Spring’ has been dubbed ‘unlawful’ by most commentators, the community of states has so far focused its criticism on the military, security, and humanitarian dimensions of the invasion. The reluctance of governments to offer their views on its legality is unfortunate, given that such views (opinio juris) are crucial to the evolution of customary international law on the use of force.

Just Security

Just hours after the United States, United Kingdom and France launched the first series of coordinated strikes against targets related to Syria’s chemical weapons program, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a statement backing the operation. An official report produced by the German Parliament's equivalent of the Congressional Research Service, however, rebukes the US, UK, French strikes in Syria. It's bottom line: a violation of the UN Charter.

The Conversation

A short contribution to a collective piece leading up to the 2018 meeting of the G7 countries that too take place in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. With many of the Trump administration’s recent decisions running directly counter to the other members’ interests, the summit promised to be tense. Here’s what each member state hoped to get from it.

The Conversation

As the UK and US retreat from the global scene, Germany is ready to step up to preserve the liberal international order. While its administrations have long shied away from taking on a leading global role, Berlin is finally realising that the shift in the global order requires a more assertive foreign policy. But given Germany’s history and culture, its ability and willingness to lead through military power is limited. It’s therefore looking for greater influence in the UN as an alternative.

Zeit Online

Obwohl sich die katalanischen Separatisten aufs Völkerrecht berufen können, bleibt die Selbstbestimmung des katalanischen Volkes eine politische Frage – die nicht nur von Spaniens Ministerpräsident beantwortet wird. Da ein neuer Staat erst dann effektiv besteht, wenn er von anderen Staaten anerkannt wird, spielt auch die internationale Gemeinschaft eine wichtige Rolle in diesem Konflikt.

Zeit Online

Die USA wollen Syrien notfalls auch im Alleingang wegen des Einsatzes von Giftgas bombardieren. Sie würden sich damit jedoch außerhalb des Völkerrechts stellen.

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