Security Council resolution 1973 : a new interpretation of the notion of protection of civilians ?
Mohamed A. E. Youssef
The Arab spring : new patterns for democracy and international law
Leiden ; Boston : M. Nijhoff, 2013
This chapter questions whether it was legitimate of the Security Council to treat the National Transitional Council in Libya as a civilian rather than an armed opposition group. It also draws attention to the consequences of not qualifying the situation in Libya as an internal armed conflict, unlike previous military interventions in non-international armed conflict. The core critique of Resolution 1973 lies in the fact that the Security Council took two self-contradictory positions; on one hand it protected civilians in accordance with its general purposes under the UN Charter and its "responsibility to protect" and on the other it offered protection to those groups who might, at other ties or by other people, be classified as an armed opposition group.