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Higgins and O’Reilly on South Ossetia

Dr Noelle Higgins and Kieran O’Reilly, both of Dublin City University’s School of Law and Government, have just published “The Use of Force, Wars of National Liberation and the Right to Self-Determination in the South Ossetian Conflict” in the International Criminal Law Review. According to the abstract:

The 2008 conflict in South Ossetia, involving both Georgian and Russian armed forces, attracted much international attention and debate. This article seeks to analyse the international legal framework regarding the use of force which should have applied to this conflict. It will first look at the history of, and circumstances surrounding, the South Ossetian conflict, and then examine the jus ad bellum regarding wars of national liberation and aggression. The concept of intervention to protect nationals abroad will also be discussed. These legal paradigms will then be applied to the events of August 2008 in the region of South Ossetia to analyse the legality of the use of force in this conflict.

Although the article is primarily concerned with international humanitarian law, it does include considerations of intervention in international law which has significance for human rights law.

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