Democracy goes to War: British Military Deployments under International Law

Hardcover | August 9, 2009

byNigel D. White

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With the end of the Second World War a new world order arose based on the prohibition of military force in international relations, and yet since 1945 British troops have been regularly deployed around the globe: most notably to Korea, Suez, Cyprus, and the Falklands during the Cold War; andKuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq since the fall of the Berlin Wall. British forces have been involved in many different capacities: as military observers, peacekeepers, peace-enforcers, state-builders and war-fighters. The decisions to deploy forces are political ones made within severalconstitutional frameworks, national, regional and international. After considering the various legal and institutional regimes, this book examines the decision to deploy troops from the perspective of international law. In its military interventions Britain has consistently tried to utilize international law to justify its actions, though often it argues against orthodox interpretation of the laws. In gauging whether its actions are in breach of international law we can again make judgments at different levelsusing various forms of accountability - from judicial fora (for example the International Court of Justice in The Hague or the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg), to political ones (the UN General Assembly in New York or the House of Commons in Westminster). While this book examinesinternational and regional mechanisms, tumultuous debates on the Suez crisis, Afghanistan, Iraq and others in the House of Commons and its Committees are highlighted to show how international law impacts upon domestic politics. In considering whether democratic accountability is effective inupholding the principles of international law, this book throws new light on an old democracy, and thereby makes a contribution to the current reform proposals that are aimed at improving democratic decision-making.

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With the end of the Second World War a new world order arose based on the prohibition of military force in international relations, and yet since 1945 British troops have been regularly deployed around the globe: most notably to Korea, Suez, Cyprus, and the Falklands during the Cold War; andKuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq ...

Nigel D. White is Professor of International Law at the University of Sheffield. He has written a number of books, and many articles and essays on the law relating to the use of military force and peacekeeping.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:August 9, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199218595

ISBN - 13:9780199218592

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Introduction1. The British Constitution and Military Action2. Lawbreaker or Lawmaker? Britain and International Law on the Use of Force3. Between Idealism and Realism: Britain, the UN and NATO4. From Korea to Kuwait: Britain and Coalitions of the Willing5. A Role for Europe: Britain and the EU6. What Peace? British Blue Helmets in Bosnia7. Defending the Nation: The Falklands8. Helping a Friend in Afghanistan9. Bombing in the Name of Humanity: The RAF over Kosovo10. The Road to Basra11. Democracy, Accountability and Military Action