Professor Sterio Publishes Post on the Legality of the United States’ Use of Force Against Syria

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio has published a post on Intlawgrrls entitled “Syria: The (Il)legality of the United States’ Use of Force Against Assad.”  This post, available here,  discusses the legality of recent American air strikes against Syria under both international law and domestic law.  Professor Sterio concludes in this post that the United States’ unilateral use of force against Syria most likely lacks a solid legal basis under international and domestic law.

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One Response to Professor Sterio Publishes Post on the Legality of the United States’ Use of Force Against Syria

  1. Alan Jay Rom says:

    Dear Professor Sterio, Thank you for this cogent legal analysis of another error of U.S. foreign policy. In my lifetime, each such error has resulted in unilateral prolonged involvement, many deaths, and defeat or stalemate, i.e. Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and now Syria. Whether “limited” or more extensive, killing is an act of war and Congress should declare it because the Constitution says so. We have not done so since FDR went to Congress after Pearl Harbor was attacked. There has to be debate and then, if we are going to declare war, all people should be involved. It is so easy now to send troops to war; most of us go about our daily lives without paying attention. As Phil Ochs wrote, “We’re the cops of the World.” We still are and that is most regrettable. We are ignorant of the history of other places in the world and we think we can change their history (see countries mentioned above as examples). Some of that history is tribal and will never change because of our “might.” Sincerely, Alan Jay Rom, CM Class of 1972

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