Secretary of State Kerry on UNSCRs and Legality

By Jack Goldsmith
Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 10:26 AM

As the United States apparently prepares to intervene militarily in Syria, it is perhaps worth noting that, in his less-than-coherent confirmation hearings, Secretary of State Kerry said: “I think a U.N. resolution is a necessary ingredient to provide the legal basis for military action in an emergency.” (I should note that Secretary Kerry also said that he approved of the Kosovo intervention, which lacked Security Council approval.)