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Guernica 37 members publish on the European Journal of International Law blog

On 6 January 2023, the blog of the European Journal of International Law published a piece by Guernica 37 members Jack Sproson and Ibrahim Olabi titled: With No Judge or Jury, Who Will Decide the Fate of 4.1 million Aid-Dependent Syrians? A Comment on the Legality of UN-Coordinated Cross-Border Aid Operations in Syria. After arguing that the UN coordinated aid into Syria by the UN can be legal, the pieces concluded that:

“With no judge nor jury in this situation, the time is therefore apt to reframe cyclical renewal dialogues to acknowledge that the UNSC’s role as an emergency interlocutor is no longer necessary, and accept that the matter can revert to its default setting in the comparatively de-politicised UN Secretariat, as it was pre-resolution, using the same ‘problem-solving’ approach that led those seeking solutions in 2014 to take the unprecedented step of involving the UNSC in the first instance. The stakes associated with doing so have never been higher – 4.1M lives, and IHL as we know it, depend on it.”

The full piece is available here


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