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Legal Implications of NATO Membership: Focus on Finland and Five Allied States

Juha Rainne: Legal Implications of NATO Membership: Focus on Finland and Five Allied States

Erik Castrén Institute Research Reports 24/2008, Helsinki 2008, ISBN: 978-952-10-5107-4, 247 pages, 20€

A lot has been written about NATO's transformation from a regional defence alliance to a global security provider. While the alliance has assumed new tasks, its founding document, the North Atlantic Treaty, has not been amended. What legal questions arise from NATO's transformation? What are the legal obligations stemming from NATO membership today?

Legal arguments play an important role in a comprehensive assessment of NATO membership. This report focuses on the legal implications of Finland 's possible accession to the alliance. It covers the Finnish Constitution and other legislation as well as Finland 's international obligations. The report examines the legal framework of NATO and highlights selected legal issues debated in the allied states. Furthermore, it contains a set of country-specific reports written by legal scholars from five NATO member states, namely Germany,
the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Includes National Reports by
Germany : Andreas Fischer-Lescano
The Netherlands : Ramses A. Wessel
Norway : Ola Rambjør Heide
Spain : Manuel Jiménez Fonseca
The United Kingdom : Christine Gray

This report is the result of a research project commissioned by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

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