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The Houthi Attacks Against the UAE: Rules of Conflict and International Law of State Responsibility

The conflict in Yemen has spread beyond the confines of Yemen, with the Houthis mounting attacks against critical infrastructure in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) using drones and missiles. This article explores the recent strikes against Abu Dhabi under international humanitarian law, and explores the possibility of attribution under international law of state responsibility to Iran, a primary funder and supporter of the Houthis. Background The UAE has been involved in Yemen since joining the Saudi-led Coalition in 2015. Despite being heavily involved in the conflict, the UAE has been phasing out its withdrawal since 2019, while maintaining its support of the Giants Brigades in Yemen. The Houthis’ response against the UAE, up until recently, has been indirect. On the 17th of January this year, the Houthis launched a successful drone and missile attack against Abu Dhabi International Airport and oil infrastructure, injuring six and killing three individuals. The attacks were condemned by its allies (here, here, and here) and the UN…

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Belarus is Complicit in Russia’s War of Aggression

In the early hours of the 24th of February, Russia launched a large-scale attack against Ukraine. By the following day, Russian forces were closing in on Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. A large part of these forces penetrated the Ukrainian territory not through the separatist regions in the east or Crimea in the south, but through the north, coming…

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Ukraine Files ICJ Claim against Russia

Earlier today President Zelenskyy announced that Ukraine has filed an application against Russia before the International Court of Justice: Ukraine has submitted its application against Russia to the ICJ. Russia must be held accountable for manipulating the notion of genocide to justify aggression. We request an urgent decision ordering Russia to cease…

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Council at War: Russia, Ukraine and the UN Security Council

‘It is the responsibility of this body to stop the war’, Ukraine’s representative told the UN Security Council on Wednesday this week. He was interrupted by the current President of the UN Security Council who clarified ‘this isn’t called a war, this is called a special military operation in the Donbas’. In this moment, the Ukrainean representative…

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With Russian troops pouring into Ukraine today in the aftermath of President Putin's open questioning of Ukrainian statehood, there is an immediate danger that the international community of States, international organizations, and non-State actors will treat this situation as one involving some kind of factual ambiguity, first requiring prudence on the part of third States to…

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