International and Comparative Law Quarterly

Current Developments: Public International Law

II. INTERNATIONAL LAW, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND DECISIONS TO DEPLOY TROOPS OVERSEAS

Nigel D Whitea1

a1 Professor of Public International Law, University of Nottingham, UK.

This short article considers the two primary legal frameworks that can operate to control decisions by a State, in this case the UK, to deploy troops to conflict or post-conflict zones—British constitutional law and international law, and how they have both been thrown into sharp relief by the continuing debate about the possible adoption by the House of Commons of a non-statutory war powers resolution.

Footnotes

The paper draws upon material in ND White, Democracy Goes to War: British Military Deployments under International Law (OUP, Oxford, 2009), and is based on papers given at the Universities of Maastricht and Uppsala.