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War, Aggression and Self-Defence

4th Edition


  • Date Published: December 2005
  • availability: Replaced by 9781107401457
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521616317


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  • Yoram Dinstein's seminal textbook is an essential guide to the legal issues of war and peace, armed attack, self-defence and enforcement measures taken under the aegis of the Security Council. This fourth edition incorporates new material on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, response to armed attacks by terrorists, recent resolutions adopted by the Security Council, and the latest pronouncements of the International Court of Justice. In addition, several new sections consider consent by States to the use of force (as expressed either ad hoc or by treaty); an armed attack by non-State actors; the various phases in the Gulf War up to the occupation of Iraq in 2003 and beyond; and immunities from jurisdiction.

    • A completely updated fourth edition of this excellent student textbook
    • Adds several new supplementary sections, taking into account recent conflicts around the world
    • Rewritten to reflect recent State practice in relation, amongst other things, to terrorist attacks and Security Council measures
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    'Because of its clear structure, the frequent cross-references and the frequent use of examples and of cases - real and fictitious -, this legal textbook is a great resource for students studying the ius ad bellum. In particular, the examples facilitate an easy and speedy understanding of the theoretical issues. … The book is also a good reference work for practitioners.' Military Law and the Law of War Review

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    Product details

    • Edition: 4th Edition
    • Date Published: December 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521616317
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 155 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.597kg
    • availability: Replaced by 9781107401457
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Legal Nature of War:
    1. What is war?
    2. The course of war
    Part II. The Illegality of War:
    3. An historical perspective of the legal status of war
    4. The contemporary prohibition of the use of inter-state force
    5. The criminality of war of aggression
    6. Controversial consequences of the change in the legal status of war
    Part III. Exceptions to the Prohibition of the Use of Inter-State Force:
    7. The concept of self-defence
    8. The modality of individual self-defence
    9. Collective self-defence
    10. Collective security

  • Author

    Yoram Dinstein, DePaul University, Chicago
    Dr Yoram Dinstein is the Yanowicz Professor of Human Rights at Tel Aviv University.

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