Rattling Sabers to Save Democracy in The Gambia

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Discussion about the compatibility with international law of the military intervention by ECOWAS in The Gambia in January 2017 to enable the democratically elected president to take power after the refusal of the incumbent president to step down. It is argued that the intervention was most likely contrary to Article 2(4) of the UN Charter, which prohibits the use of force in international relations. The issue of intervention by invitation to restore a democratically elected leader is analysed in the light of the events that took place in The Gambia between December 2016 and January 2017, along with the role of the UN, the African Union, and ECOWAS.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputEuropean Journal of International Law
PublisherEuropean Journal of International Law
Publication statusPublished - 1-Feb-2017


  • prohibition on the use of force
  • consent
  • international organisations
  • intervention
  • United Nations
  • African Union


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