Can Afghanistan Invoke the “Hot Pursuit” Doctrine to Enter Pakistan?

by Julian Ku

I doubt it, but this article suggests Afghanistan is considering it as a justification for incursions to chase down Taliban forces. But it is an interesting and “hotly” developing area of international law (See, e.g., Colombia in Ecuador, Turkey into Kurdish Iraq, the U.S. into Syria and Iran, etc.). Interestingly, the doctrine appears to have its most formal articulation in Article 111 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. But the most interesting and controversial uses are no doubt ones used on land. Perhaps President Obama can use this doctrine to justify his planned incursions into Pakistan?

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