Ulfstein & Christiansen: 'The Legality of the NATO Bombing in Libya'
Published by the International & Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol. 62, No. 1 (2012)
On 17 March 2011 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1973 authorizing member states to take forceful measures to protect Libyan civilians. Clearly NATO actions to protect civilians were within the mandate. But the authors claim that operations aiming at overthrowing the Qaddafi regime were illegal use of force. The overstepping of the mandate may have a negative effect on the credibility of the responsibility to protect in future gross human rights violations.