n Conflict Trends - The duty of an intervention force to protect civilians : a critical analysis of NATO's intervention in Libya

Volume 2012, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


There are many unresolved legal issues surrounding the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in the Libyan conflict: the legality of the intervention, the implementation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions 1970 and 1973, the role of NATO as the self-appointed military organ of the United Nations (UN), and the question of accountability of subcontracted enforcement organisations as alternatives to a standing UN army. These issues will agitate the minds of legal scholars for years to come. This article briefly analyses the legal duty of an intervention force like NATO to protect civilians and examines to what extent if at all NATO discharged this obligation during the Libyan conflict.

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