The Legitimacy Of U.S.-Led Intervention Against ISIL

Dio Herdiawan Tobing(1*)

(1) Universitas Gadjah Mada
(*) Corresponding Author


Since the significant rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in 2014, the extremist group has disrupted the regional stability within Middle Eastern countries. Indeed,    the organization posed threat towards international peace and security regionally and internationally. Ever since its emergence, the U.S. has played an important role in leading the military intervention towards the terrorist group. However, such intervention is not being legally justified because there is no particular United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution that was passed regarding the intervention. This research provides an analysis of the logic in justifying the intervention based on the current international legal frameworks and norms. The overall argument is that U.S. action in conducting intervention is illegal yet it  is legitimate because it runs under the framework of the international law as well as the international norms.  

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