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From '9-11' to the 'Iraq War 2003': International Law in an Age of Complexity Paperback – March 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1841134963 ISBN-10: 1841134961
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McGoldrick writes with clarity and has made accessible...many of the difficult legal arguments in the area...[he] has a scholarly command of the doctrinal issues raised in the book...a valuable reference point for anyone interested in exploring international law and the two 'wars'. Madelaine Chiam The Modern Law Review July 2005 .an accurate, well-written summary of the legal, political, and moral issues flowing from the wars on terrorism and Iraq...would make a useful reference in a public international law course. Kristy Pozniak Saskatchewan Law Review, Vol 68 2005 ...a book for everyone concerned with the influence of terrorism, the Bush administration, and the War in Iraq on international institutions and international law..Alongside the fine discussion of the legal and political issues at play, the author also attempts to introduce a theoretical framework that may have broad application in social science as well as law. Mark J. Harris, University of California, Berkeley The Law and Politics Book Review September 2004 For those that are already familiar with the legal issues involved in the military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the more broad 'war on terror', this text will add some interesting policy and theoretical perspectives. A good number of issues are raised that will trigger readers to give further thought to, and debate about, the role of international law and the UN in the maintenance of international order. Alex Conte, University of Canterbury New Zealand Law Journal April 2005

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Dominic McGoldrick is Professor of Public International Law and Director of the International and European Law Unit, Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool.

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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Hart Publishing (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841134961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841134963
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on August 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Dominic McGoldrick, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Liverpool, has written a fascinating and thoughtful analysis of the wars on terrorism and Iraq. Chapter 1 studies the relationship between war and international law. Chapter 2 looks at the controversy over the Iraq War and concludes that there is `no evidence of any involvement by Iraq' in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Chapter 3 debates the issues of international law and morality raised by the two wars and their implications for human rights. He concludes, "Once prisoners of war were taken and other persons were detained then, in principle, the European Convention on Human Rights came into play on the basis that those persons were within the effective control of the detaining state (assuming it is a state party to the ECHR). The UK submission in Bankovic appeared to concede this point. In relation to a post-conflict situation in Iraq, this was covered by the reference to `effective control of the relevant territory and its inhabitants abroad as a consequence of military occupation'."

Chapter 4 investigates the legality of the Iraq War. McGoldrick cites Professor Vaughan Lowe, "It is simply unacceptable that a step as serious and important as a massive military attack upon a State should be launched on the basis of a legal argument dependent upon dubious inferences drawn from silences in Resolution 1441 and the muffled echoes of earlier resolutions, unsupported by any contemporary authorisation to use force. No domestic court or authority in the United States or the United Kingdom would tolerate governmental action based upon such flimsy arguments." McGoldrick adds, "On the evidence there was no justification under self-defence or humanitarian intervention.
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