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:
Lecturer, Erich Brost University, 2007-present
Fellow, St. Hilda's College, 2007-present
Member, Institute of European and Comparative Law
Lecturer in Law, DAAD Fellow and Deputy Director, Institute for European and Comparative Law, Oxford University, 2002-2007
Former Rechtsanwältin (barrister/solicitor) at the Brussels office of an international law firm in EC competition law and constitutional law
Former Lecturer, University of Bielefeld in Germany