Does Security Council Resolution 2249 (2015) of 20 November make bombing ISIL in Syria legal? Yes!
In a new blog post on Ephems, at http://www.barder.com/4571, “Does Security Council Resolution 2249 (2015) of 20 November make bombing ISIL in Syria legal? Yes!”, I query the media assertion that the Security Council resolution of 20 November doesn’t authorise the UK or others to use military force against ISIL (or ISIS) in Syria, quoting key parts of the resolution in support of my view that it does. This could be a decisive issue for Labour MPs’ decisions whether to support the prime minister’s proposal to join the US and France in bombing ISIL in Syria, or to oppose it as Jeremy Corbyn, their party leader, wishes Labour to do. The post discusses only the question whether UNSCR 2249 provides legal authority for the UK to join in bombing Syria, not whether it is desirable or right for us to do so, which is for discussion elsewhere.
Res. 2249 is not a Chapter VII resolution, but I argue that nevertheless it authorises the use of force against ISIL in Syria. To see and comment on the arguments for and against that proposition, please visit http://www.barder.com/4571. If such legalistic controversies don’t interest you, you’re in good company: just ignore this email.
With good wishes from an icy London
22 November 2015