How feasible is the EU’s Planned ‘War on Smuggling’ in Libya?

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The EU’s planned anti-smuggling military operation in Libya stands on fragile ground, both legally and politically. EU politicians, inspired by the UN Security Council’s 2008 anti-piracy resolution and the EU’s Operation ATALANTA, speak optimistically.

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However, as I argue in a recent post ‘The Legal and Political Feasibility of the EU’s Planned ‘War on Smuggling’ in Libya’ published on the Blog of European Journal of International Law, strong factors resulting from the Security Council’s self-imposed restraint on authorising the use of force against a criminal phenomenon weigh against the adoption of an anti-smuggling resolution.

Sergo Mananashvili, Research Associate at the MPC.

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