Feds should’ve consulted international law experts before invoking UN Charter’s article 51 against ISIL in Syria, say critics

'Clearly what’s going on here is that they’ve made a political decision and now they’re trying to find, after the fact, some sort of legal justification that isn’t there,' says University of P.E.I Professor Peter McKenna. 'It’s illegal under international law, what the Canadian government is now contemplating.'

National Defence Minister Jason Kenney, pictured in this file photo, says that the government is justified participating in air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria without the Syrian president’s consent. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

By Tim Naumetz

PUBLISHED :Thursday, March 26, 2015 8:15 PM

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