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," Signed by 16 European Law Professors, 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 Law, University College London, 2002-present
Director, Centre on International Courts and Tribunals, University College London, 2002-present
Former Academic Positions: University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, Kings College London, University of Cambridge, New York University
Appointed, Queen's Counsel, 2003
Member, Centre for Law and the Environment
Co-founder, FIELD (Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development)
Member, Advisory Boards, European Journal of International Law and Review of European Community and International Environmental Law