Using International Law in Somalia’s Post-Conflict Reconstruction

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For the first time since 1991, Somalia has an internationally-recognized government. Established in August 2012, the Somali Federal Government (SFG) has been officially recognized by many nations and international organizations. The process of bringing Somalia fully back into the international community, however, remains long and complex. This Article argues that, in order to be successful, Somalia’s reconstruction must include a robust international law component. By mandating frameworks for action and establishing best practices, international law should guide and strengthen reconstruction efforts.