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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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- Date Published: November 2002
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521820134
- length: 220 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.5kg
- 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
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