Exploring the Legal Frameworks of Intervention in Sovereign States


- Steven Blockmans, Head of the EU Foreign Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies
- Elodie Cornez, Chief of Section ʺInternational Affairsʺ at the Legal Department at the Belgian MOD.
- Madeline Garlick, Head of Unit, Policy & Legal Support, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

In an increasingly interconnected world, the legitimacy of interventions in sovereign States is being debated, appealing to the principles of international law.

On one side of the argument are those who maintain that the international community has the responsibility to prevent mass atrocities, such as genocide and the slaughter of civilians. On the other, are those who argue that in the modern world order, States are inviolable entities that should be left to deal with their own issues internally. Recent contentious examples include Syria, Crimea, Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq, and the list goes on.

But what are the international political and legal frameworks that are used to justify coercive action, are these frameworks being applied consistently?

Join Young Professionals in Foreign Policy on 1 September to discuss these issues, along with leading experts in the field.

YPFP is organizing this event with the kind participation of the Brussels office of the White and Case International Law Firm. The event will be open to both YPFP members and non-members. A networking reception will be held after the event.

REGISTER: http://goo.gl/cUoX1T

September 01, 2014 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
White & Case
Rue de la loi 62
Brussels 1000
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