White House Having a Hard Time Finding International Legal Justification for Hitting ISIS in Syria

By Jieying Ding

Although the Obama administration has domestic legal justifications for its use of airstrikes in Syria, an international legal justification may be hard to find. According to The Daily Beast, both the Syrians and their Russian allies have objected to U.S. airstrike under international law. A senior fellow at the Center for American Progress expressed his disappointment at lack of support in international law because it’s important for U.S. to be seen as adhering to international legal principles, especially after it accused Russia of violating international law. Individual self-defense and collective self-defense are the two potential international legal justifications, but both have wide controversies.