ASIL Live Video

Closing Plenary: Syria: Testing the Effectiveness of International Law

April 12, 2014
11:00 am – 12:30 pm (ET)

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The Syrian conflict raises a range of complex challenges for international law. The watching world is acutely aware of deliberate infrastructure destruction, civilian targeting, and massive refugee flows. This panel will consider the range of options open to regional and international actors to address humanitarian suffering and breaches of international law. Can states intervene to address a humanitarian crisis even in the face of a veto by a permanent member of the Security Council? If so, what legal limits apply to such unilateral uses of force? What other options are legally available to address the crisis—such as economic sanctions, arming insurgent groups, or recognizing an emerging coalition government? And what role might the International Criminal Court or other individual accountability mechanisms play in addressing the crisis?