Ashley Deeks

Ashley Deeks joined the University of Virginia Law School in 2012 as an associate professor of law after two years as an academic fellow at Columbia Law School. She served for ten years in the Legal Adviser's Office at the State Department, most recently as the Assistant Legal Adviser for Political-Military Affairs. In 2007-08 she held an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations. After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, she clerked for Judge Edward Becker on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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International Law

How Does the Syria Situation Stack up to the“Factors” that Justified Intervention in Kosovo?

The Syria intervention is difficult to defend as consistent with international law.  The United States has instead begun to make the case that the intervention bears moral legitimacy, using the same kinds of factor-based arguments we saw NATO member states use in Kosovo to defend the legitimacy of their intervention there.