Arming the Syrian rebels – a selection of blog posts and articles

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Katharine Fortin

Katharine Fortin is an Associate Professor at Utrecht University where she teaches IHL and IHRL. Before joining Utrecht University, she worked at the ICTY, ICC and Norton Rose Fulbright. She is the author of The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) which won the 2018 Lieber Prize. She has written widely about the framework of law that applies to armed groups in non-international armed conflicts and is one of the editors of the Armed Groups and International Law blog.

Interesting post today over at EJIL:Talk! by André Nollkaemper on whether the States which are considering supplying weapons to the Syrian opposition run the risk of falling into a shared responsibility trap.

For those interested in the question of the legality of supplying weapons to the Syrian opposition, see also the following relevant blog posts/ articles:-

Would it be lawful for European (or other) States to provide arms to the Syrian opposition? – Dapo Akande, on EJIL:Talk!, January 2013

Arming Syrian Rebels: Lethal Assistance and International Law – Ashley Deeks, Lawfare Blog, 1 May 2013

The Austrian government position paper on the arms embargo in Syria circulated among EU member States in May 2013.

Coren, Olivier and Koutroulis, Vaios, ‘The Illegality of Military Support to Rebels in the Libyan War: Aspects of jus contra bellum and jus in bello’, Journal of Conflict and Security Law, 2003, 18(1), p59-93

Bosco, David, The Syrian Rebels and International Law, Foreign Policy, 17 June 2013

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