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Aslı Ü. Bâli and Ziad Abu-Rish

Solidarity and Intervention in Libya

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The Libyan uprising is entering its fourth week. The courage and persistence of the Libyan people’s efforts to overthrow al-Qaddafi have been met with ongoing regime brutality ranging from shoot-to-kill policies to the indiscriminate use of artillery against unarmed civilians. When we last wrote on this subject, we already recognized that the situation in Libya was dire. Since that time the violence of the regime’s unhinged bid to subdue the armed insurgency has only ...

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On International Intervention and the Dire Situation in Libya

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Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council held a formal meeting in which they condemned the violence in Libya and threatened to hold violators of international law accountable. At the same time, the Arab League held an extraordinary session in which it suspended Libya’s membership. These measures, and others, come eight days into the Libyan people’s courage and persistence in the face of shoot-to-kill policies by police, military, and mercenary forces as well as the use ...

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Aslı Ü. Bâli and Ziad Abu-Rish


Aslı Ü. Bâli is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, where she teaches public international law, international human rights, and laws of war. Her research interests also include comparative law of the Middle East. She is co-editor of the Turkey Page.

Ziad Abu-Rish is Assistant Professor in the History Department at Ohio University. He serves as Senior Editor of the Arab Studies Journal and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine. His other articles can be found here and here