Zachary Vermeer


Zachary Vermeer is a DPhil candidate at Somerville College, University of Oxford. He is writing his thesis on military intervention with the consent of the government in international law. He has previously worked at the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, and as a lecturer in international law at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

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The Jus ad Bellum and the Airstrikes in Yemen: Double Standards for Decamping Presidents?

A democratically elected president has lost control of his country and fears for his safety. He flees and seeks refuge in a more powerful neighbouring State. He writes a letter as the legitimate President, inviting his host State to take military action against the insurgents who have forced him into exile. The host State does so. Will such…

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Intervention with the Consent of a Deposed (but Legitimate) Government? Playing the Sierra Leone card.

The most dramatic moment at Monday’s Security Council meeting on Ukraine came when the Russian representative, Vitaly Churkin, produced a letter, purportedly from ousted Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych, inviting Russian military intervention. This seemed to indicate a shift in Russia’s legal justification for its actions in Ukraine. The resolution adopted by the Russian legislature authorizing the…

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