Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala comments on Syria

Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala comments on Syria
Protesters in Idlib, Syria. (Photo: © 2012 FreedomHouse.) Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 License.

Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala is quoted on U.S. adherence to international law in PolitiFact's article "Would a U.S. strike in Syria violate international law?"


Excerpt from PolitiFact Article by Jon Greenberg and Louis Jacobson:

" 'Under our Constitution, Congress has the power to violate international law. But Congress doesn't have a magic wand that can turn something that would be illegal under international law into something legal,' said Kal Raustiala, UCLA law professor. For instance, he said, in Kosovo -- where the Security Council never gave its approval -- 'the United States justified its actions as necessary, but never claimed they were legal.' "

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