Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"There is no justification under international law for the use of military force against Iraq. The UN charter outlaws the use of force with only two exceptions: individual or collective self-defence in response to an armed attack and action authorised by the security council as a collective response to a threat to the peace, breach of the peace or act of aggression. There are currently no grounds for a claim to use such force in self-defence. The doctrine of pre-emptive self-defence against an attack that might arise at some hypothetical future time has no basis in international law. Neither security council resolution 1441 nor any prior resolution authorises the proposed use of force in the present circumstances...
A decision to undertake military action in Iraq without proper security council authorisation will seriously undermine the international rule of law. Of course, even with that authorisation, serious questions would remain. A lawful war is not necessarily a just, prudent or humanitarian war."
"War Would Be Illegal," The Guardian, Mar. 7, 2003
Experts PhD's, JD's (lawyers), Judges, Members of Congress, Ambassadors, Consulate Generals, heads of government, Cabinet-level positions, military generals/admirals, Chief Weapons Inspectors, members of legislative bodies with significant involvement in, or related to, the US - Iraq conflict. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor of International Law, London School of Economics and Political Science
Director of Studies, International Law Association, 2004-present
Called to the Bar, 2003; qualified as barrister, 2004
Member, Matrix Chambers
Recipient, American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit
Overseas Affiliated Faculty Member, University of Michigan, 1999-present
Lecturer in Law, Lincoln College, Oxford
Lecturer in Law, Queen Mary College, University of London
Assistant Professor, New York Law School
Senior Lecturer in Law, National University of Singapore
Senior Lecturer in Law, Sydney University
Associate Professor, Sydney University
Professor of Law, Southampton University
Dean and Head of Department, Law Faculty, Southampton University
PhD, University of Sydney, 1990 LLM, Yale University, 1981 LLM, University of London, 1972 LLB, 1st class Hons, University of London, 1971