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An attack on Iran: the legal basis, or lack thereof

Garwood-Gowers, Andrew (2012) An attack on Iran: the legal basis, or lack thereof. The Conversation.

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Abstract

Talk of a possible Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities has re-ignited debate over the right of self-defence under international law.

Some academics, including Anthony D'Amato and Alan Dershowitz, have claimed that an attack on Iran would be a permissible act of self-defence. Others, such as Kevin Jon Heller, argue that such action would be a clear breach of international law.

So, who is correct? Would military action against Iran be legal or illegal?

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ID Code: 49897
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: self-defence, pre-emptive anticipatory action, nuclear weapons, Iran, Israel
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > International Law (excl. International Trade Law) (180116)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Conversation Media Group
Deposited On: 27 Apr 2012 08:17
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2012 08:17

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