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"The language of international law is no longer being used to build peace, but war" | Tilburg University |

Whenever those distinctions become confused, a dangerous dynamic emerges where everyone claims to be 'legal'. For instance, in 2003, the United States and its allies took pains to allege that the Second Iraq War was legal, because it complied with prior United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolutions. Yet, Security Council authorisation for that specific invasion was denied. According to Rajkovic, the international order has now entered a legal quagmire, where the great powers use legalistic language, such as the notion of a "rules-based-order", to pursue their war aims without Security Council approval.

The war in Ukraine exposes this major geopolitical and legal breakdown, he concludes. "The five `great powers' (i.e. the permanent members of the UN Security Council) no longer agree on how to use and interpret international rules of peace and security. The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, conceded recently how America had over years contributed to this collapse of `the rules-based order', but he implied subtly this was only in relation to former president Trump's "America First" policy. The sad truth is that America's distancing from the UN Charter long predates Trump. This historical pattern is something Vladimir Putin seized upon and highlighted in his alleged reasons for the Ukrainian invasion--given during his long televised speech. What is most alarming, however, is that Russia is continuing this great power practice of unilateral militarism, and the Ukrainian invasion is the most cynical and brutal version yet."

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 3rd, 2022 at 08:46:32 PM EST
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