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The changing concept of sovereignty under public international law: a critical analysis of Iraq's sovereignty after the invasion of United States of America

Qader, Mohammed Mustafa (2018) The changing concept of sovereignty under public international law: a critical analysis of Iraq's sovereignty after the invasion of United States of America. Doctoral thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Abstract

Sovereignty is fundamental in international law yet it has no universal acceptable definition. The exclusive control of States over their territories and affairs is challenged and tempted, hence the meaning of sovereignty keeps changing through invasions. The 2003 unauthorised invasion of Iraq by the United States of America
and the Coalition forces prompted this research. The research analyses the legal framework for the concept of sovereignty and how it keeps changing under international law regarding Iraq. Equally, the research examines the impacts of invasion on Iraq's sovereignty and the factors guaranteeing its sovereignty. The
research also compares Union of Soviet Socialist Republics invasion of Afghanistan with the USA invasion of Iraq to draw lessons regarding the concept of sovereignty under international law. The research used doctrinal legal method and empirical
approach in data collection and analysis. The documentary data was complemented by the interview data to achieve all the objectives of research. Findings revealed that the American invasion was based on cooked intelligence and false information which undermined Iraq's sovereignty; practice of double standard in the United Nations Security Council over the enforcement of international law prohibitions against invasions of independent states; United States of America exceeded its limits under
international law by altering Iraq's institutions; and lack of redressing process to compensate Iraq and Iraqis victims of illegal invasion under international law. The research recommends treaties and states' constitutions to be respected by all nations. United Nations should institutionalise a scheme for rebuilding Iraq which suffers from unauthorised and illegal invasion based on false information.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Supervisor : Ahmad, Masum and Abdul Rahman, Rohana
Item ID: 9014
Uncontrolled Keywords: International Law, Invasion, Sovereignty, Iraq, USA
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Ghazali Shafie Graduate School of Government
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2022 06:29
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2022 06:29
Department: Ghazali Shafie Graduate School of Government
Name: Ahmad, Masum and Abdul Rahman, Rohana
URI: https://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/9014

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