nationalsecuritylaw UNSCR 1973: A No-Fly Zone and More for Libya

March 18, 2011

* UNSCR 1973 (no-fly zone and other forms of force authorized as to Libya)

The full text of UNSCR 1973 (imposing a no-fly zone and then some for Libya) is available by link here, along with a bit of commentary. Summing up, paragraph 8 authorizes a no-fly zone throughout all Libyan territory, while paragraph 4 authorizes all necessary means to protect civilian populations, excluding only occupation forces (but not ground force of a non-occupation nature). In short, air-to-ground force is permissible to protect Benghazi and to otherwise intervene where Gaddafi’s forces can be depicted as threatening civilians.