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Part 3 The Post 9/11-Era (2001–), 60 The Ethiopian Military Intervention in Somalia—2011

Jean-Christophe Martin

From: The Use of Force in International Law: A Case-Based Approach

Edited By: Tom Ruys, Olivier Corten, Alexandra Hofer

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 June 2024

Armed conflict

This contribution focuses on Ethiopia’s intervention in Somalia in October 2011 in order to fight Al-Shabaab. Since this intervention was not authorized by the UN Security Council, its legality needs to be assessed through the question of Somalia’s consent, expressed by the Transitional Federal Government. It can be assumed that this government validly consented to the intervention, which was also supported at the IGAD level. Indeed, not only was the Transitional Federal Government internationally recognized as the representative of Somalia, it also exercised effective control over the state’s territory.

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