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The temporal scope of Unwilling or Unable: a case study on Syria
Swedish Defence University.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose with this paper is to analyze the temporal scope of the doctrine of Unwilling or Unable and focus on when the right to use force in self-defense ends. According to the doctrine a State has a right to use force in self-defense towards a non-state actor on another States territory, if the harboring state is Unwilling or Unable to suppress the non-state actor. This paper will first analyze which factors governs the right to use force in self-defense according to the Unwilling or Unable doctrine and secondly the findings will be applied to the situation in Syria, where the United States are using force in collective self-defense on Iraq’s request, towards ISIL. The conflict will be analyzed in three different time periods, 2014, 2016 and 2018 to identify for how long the United States has a right to use force in self-defense in Syria. The conclusion in this paper is that in 2014 and 2016 the United States has a right to use force in self-defense towards ISIL on Syria’s territory according to the doctrine, but in 2018 the circumstances has changed and the United States’ right to use force in self-defense in Syria has ended.

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2018. , p. 24
Keywords [en]
International law, Unwilling or Unable, Syria, The United States, Necessity, Proportionality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8369OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8369DiVA, id: diva2:1285616
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International Law
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Available from: 2019-03-07 Created: 2019-02-04 Last updated: 2019-03-07Bibliographically approved

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