Syria and the issue of chemical weapons : a snapshot of a legal time-frame : the United Nations Security Council resolution 2118 (2013) and the OPCW Executive Council decision
International law and changing perceptions of security : liber amicorum Said Mahmoudi
Leiden : Brill, 2014
The response of the United Nations Security Council and the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the chemical weapons attack in Ghouta in Syria on 21 August 2013, Syria's accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and the role of the United Nations in disarmament initially raised a number of issues of international law. This paper discusses some of the issues that were at the forefront between 21 August and 15 November 2013. One important message in this paper is that it is irrelevant from an international law perspective whether or not Resolution 2118 (2013) makes explicit reference to Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter. The measures adopted by the Security Council are unequivocally binding for all States and actors concerned and these decisions must be complied with.