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 Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the US - Iraq conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the US - Iraq conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor of European Law, Stockholm University, Sweden
Visiting Professor of European Law, Örebro University, Sweden 2002-present
Director, Wallenberg Foundation Oxford/Stockholm Association in European Law, Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford, 2001-present
President, FIDE (Féderation Internationale pour le Droit Européen), 1996-1998
President, Swedish Assocation of European Law, 1994
President, Swedish Association for Marketing Law, 1971
President, Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property, 1974-1997
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Consumer Policy, 1979-1994
Member, Advisory Board, Common Market Law Review, 1996
Chairman of Editorial Board, Scandinavian Studies in Law, 1995
Founder and Chairman, Editorial Board, Europarättslig Tidskrift (Journal of European Law), 1998