Does French Recognition Have Any International Law Consequences?
I have some views, but they are not entirely solidified, so let me put this out as a question. France has recognized the the rebels as the sole legitimate representatives of the Libyan people, and withdrawn its recognition of the Qaddafi government. If that is so, what, if any, are the international law consequences of that recognition?
I understand that many readers think of this as having quite obvious, cut-and-dry answers, but let me encourage people to think in terms of plausible ways that different points of view within the main currents of international law might view the answer. Legal effects, if any, with regards to the rebels; the arms embargo; assistance by France or others to the rebels; the rights and obligations of neutrals; the existence of a civil war or non-international armed conflict; the authority of the Security Council; etc. Alternatively, is this merely a political-diplomatic step with no further international law consequences? Or some mingling of the two, such that such diplomatic recognition is intended to provide legitimacy for a related legal view?