Military action in Libya: U.S. and international law

The situation in Libya has raised constitutional and international law issues.  Below is an updated list of commentary on the topic (see previous blog posts re here and here):

  • UpdateWhat Is the Goal?  The Increasingly Complex Intervention in Libya (Mary Ellen O’Connell, America, April 18, 2011)
  • UpdateOLC Issues Libya War Powers Opinion (Peter Spiro, Opinio Juris, April 7, 2011)(on the “constitutionality of President Obama’s use of force against Libya”)
  • Update: The Crisis in Libya:  The International Response (free live web seminar, April 5, 2011 with Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, as keynote presenter; listen to recording (click on “Playback”); scroll down for a list of background materials)
  • Could the Prosecutor Decide Not to Investigate the Libyan Situation? (Kevin Jon Heller, Opinio Juris, February 28, 2011)
  • Why Congress Played No Role in the Libya Intervention (Eric Posner, The Volokh Conspiracy, March 21, 2011)
  • What’s a “War”? (Mark Tushnet, Balkinization, March 29, 2011)
  • What Kind of Law Is This? (Anne Orford, London Review of Books blog, March 29, 2011)(on the UN Security Council, Libya, international law,  and the “Responsibility to Protect”)
  • President Obama''s address to the nation on Libya

  • Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Libya (transcript of President Obama’s speech, National Defense University, March 28, 2011; watch video)
  • The Debate Over U.S. Libya Intervention (Matthew C. Waxman, Council on Foreign Relations, March 28, 2011)
  • Michael Ramsey’s guest blog posts at Opinio Juris:  How Should the Conflict in Libya Be Categorized? ;  The Constitution and Libya; Declaring War and Libya:  A Comment on Past Practice; Declaring War and the Security Council
  • Jack Goldsmith’s posts at Lawfare:  The Libya Intervention as Precedent; Libya – Advice to Congress; The Legal Reason Why the Obama Administration Won’t Call the Libya Action “War”; Is the Libyan Intervention “War”?
  • Obama’s Unconstitutional War (Bruce Ackerman, Foreign Policy, March 24, 2011)
  • A New Lease on Life for Humanitarianism:  How Operation Odyssey Dawn Will Revive RtoP (Stewart Patrick, Foreign Affairs, March 24, 2011)(“responsibility to protect”)
  • War Power:  The President’s Campaign Against Libya is Constitutional (Jack Goldsmith, Slate, March 21, 2011)
  • The Folly of Protection:  Is Intervention Against Qaddafi’s Regime Legal and Legitimate? (Michael W. Doyle, Foreign Affairs, March 20, 2011)
  • UpdateHow to Save a Revolution (Mary Ellen O’Connell, e-IR, March 17, 2011)(on the Libyan opposition and successful non-violent revolutions)
  • About Lyonette Louis-Jacques

    Foreign and International Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law, D'Angelo Law Library, University of Chicago Law School
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    One Response to Military action in Libya: U.S. and international law

    1. Alf Walters says:

      I fear that the initial coalition will change into a great divide as we get dragged into yet another ground war. But on the other hand, once we pledge help we should not then back out and leave the local freedom fighters for dead. This issue requires Obama to be on top of his game politically and how he handles this war will judge his skills at the next election.

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