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Recourse to Force
State Action against Threats and Armed Attacks

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Part of Hersch Lauterpacht Memorial Lectures

  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521104203

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  • The United Nations Charter in 1945 prohibits all use of force by states except in the event of an armed attack or when authorized by the Security Council. Although the Charter is very hard to amend, its drafters agreed that it should be interpreted flexibly by the UN's principal political institutions and the text has undergone extensive interpretation. This book relates these changes in law and practice to changing public values pertaining to the balance between maintaining peace and promoting justice.

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    "This is a book that will inform, captivate, and challenge generations of international lawyers, on several levels and in a variety of ways."
    --The American Journal of International Law

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    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521104203
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The United Nations' capacity for adapting to radical changes of circumstance
    Part II. Use of force by the United Nations
    Part III. The original parameters of self-defence
    Part IV. Self-defence against state-sponsored terrorists and infiltrators
    Part V. Self-defence against ideological subversion
    Part VI. Self-defence against attacks on citizens abroad
    Part VII. Anticipatory self-defence
    Part VIII. Countermeasures and self-help
    Part IX. The 'purely humanitarian' intervention
    Part X. What, eat the cabin boy? Uses of force that are illegal but justifiable

  • Author

    Thomas M. Franck, New York University
    Murray and Ida Becker Professor of Law, New York University School of Law Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award 1999

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