In foreign policy, legality is often an afterthought. It is no different in the case of Syria. International law – a mix of treaties, customs, norms, standards, resolutions and rules without a universally accepted third party enforcement mechanism – should come second to questions of morality and strategy. Ordinary Syrians probably care little for esoteric debates about jus ad bellum. Nevertheless, it is worth reading the UK government’s legal position on military intervention against the Assad regime. By resting its case on humanitarian intervention, Britain is making a flimsy and bold legal argument. Read more
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