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Title:Sovereign trespass and the problems of hasty withdrawal: a case study from Somalia
Authors:Bazuaye, Bright
Enabulele, Amos O.ISNI
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Geographic terms:Somalia
United States
Subjects:military intervention
foreign intervention
Abstract:This article takes a look at the liability for military intervention by a State or group of States in another State. Using the United States led intervention in Somalia as a case study, it specifically focuses on the situation where an intervening State(s) hastily withdraws from an intervention before the State in which they intervened gained the needed stability to enable it to maintain law and order. It is particularly argued that interveners that withdraw before the target State regains all its essential competencies should be treated as sovereign trespassers and by analogy be held accountable to all the consequences that flow to an individual who trespasses on the land of another. The interveners should be held accountable for every consequence that flowed from a prematurely terminated intervention. It is also argued that the same result should flow to States that intervened in another State on the guise of the protection of humanity while actually having a different self-interest to serve in the target State. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]