Part 1 The Cold War Era (1945–89), 15 The Indian Intervention into (East) Pakistan—1971
Edited By: Tom Ruys, Olivier Corten, Alexandra Hofer
- Precedent — International humanitarian law — Humanitarian intervention
This contribution discusses the 1971 Indian intervention in east Pakistan. It sets out the facts and context of the crisis, the legal positions of the main protagonists (India and Pakistan), and the international community’s reactions. It then tests the legality of the Indian intervention against the international legal framework governing the use of force as it stood at the time of the events. The final section examines if, and to what extent, the case has had an impact on the further development of the jus ad bellum, in particular whether it is a precedent for humanitarian intervention.