The chapter argues that two distinct concerns relating to the legal position of foreign forces arise in post-conflict situations: the effect that changes in the legal basis of their presence have on their legal status and the need to balance the principle of territorial sovereignty and the jurisdictional exemptions of foreign forces in a manner that reflects the specific features and demands of post-conflict environments. As this chapter shows, both of these two concerns point towards the need for a more contextual and dynamic understanding of the legal status of foreign forces deployed in post-conflict situations.
I am a Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter, specializing in international law and military operations. My work focuses mainly on the legal status of foreign armed forces under international law and other questions of military and operational law. I have published widely in leading academic journals on status of forces agreements, peace support operations and the legal aspects of European security and defence policy. I am currently preparing a monograph on the jurisdictional privileges and immunities of foreign armed forces to be published by Cambridge University Press.
Before taking up an appointment at Exeter Law School in 2008, I studied law and politics at the University of Durham (BA, First Class), the London School of Economics (LLM, Distinction) and University College London (PhD).
I am a member of several academic associations and serve on the ILA Committee on Nuclear Weapons, Non-proliferation & Contemporary International Law, the ILA Study Group on The Conduct of Hostilities under International Humanitarian Law and the editorial board of The Military Law and the Law of War Review. I was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law in Cambridge in 2009 and have taught law at universities in the UK and abroad. Aurel Sari