foreign aid

The necessity doctrine & immigration (Part 1)

The necessity doctrine is a feature of international law and can be used as a defense to breaking the law in times of crises. According to A State of Necessity: International Legal Obligations in Times of Crises by Avidan Kent & Alexandra Harrington in the Canadian Review of American Studies, the necessity doctrine is as follows: When facing a crisis a state must act in order to safeguard its essential interest. The extreme circumstances under which the state acts may require it to break international obligations that it previously undertook towards other states.