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Kober, Johanna-Sophia (20. May 2016): Der US-geführte Luftangriff im September 2014 gegen den Islamischen Staat in Syrien – eine völkerrechtliche Betrachtung. Diploma Thesis, Hochschule für Politik München
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Abstract

The thesis looks at the US-led airstrikes in September 2014 against the Islamic State in Syria from an international law perspective. It focusses on the prohibition of the use of force by states, which is contained in Article 2 (4) of the Charter of the United Nations and also part of customary international law, as well as exceptions to it. The author finds that the airstrikes constituted a use of force by states. They were not authorised by the United Nations Security Council. The respective states could not invoke the right of individual or collective self-defence under Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations. As regards the concept of humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect, the author identifies a number of problems with respect to the airstrikes in Syria. Thus, the author concludes that the airstrikes constituted a violation of the prohibition of the use of force.