Jillian Ventura

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Jillian Ventura is a third year student at Harvard Law School. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies.

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International Law

New Database of States’ Approaches to Use of Force Concerning Syria

Under what conditions may a state lawfully intervene—or otherwise act—in relation to armed conflict in Syria? In support of or against whom? In this context, how do states frame their approaches to acting (or not acting)? What legal arguments (if any) are embedded in those statements? Do those arguments comport with or contravene—or even seek to modify—existing international law? On which of the underlying legal issues do states agree or disagree? And what implications might those arguments entail for other conflicts?