International Law and the Use of Force

Paperback | October 1, 2008

byChristine Gray

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This book explores the whole of the large and controversial subject of the use of force in international law; it examines not only the use of force by states but also the role of the UN in peacekeeping and enforcement action, and the growing importance of regional organizations in themaintenance of international peace and security.Since the publication of the second edition of International Law and the Use of Force the law in this area has continued to undergo a fundamental reappraisal. Operation Enduring Freedom carries on against Al Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan six years after the terrorist attacks of 11 September2001. Can this still be justified as self-defence in the 'war on terror'? Is there now a wide right of pre-emptive self-defence against armed attacks by non-state actors? The 2006 Israel/Lebanon conflict and the recent intervention of Ethiopia in Somalia raise questions about whether the 'war onterror' has brought major changes in the law on self-defence and on regime change. The 2003 invasion of Iraq gave rise to serious divisions between states as to the legality of this use of force and to talk of a crisis of collective security for the UN. In response the UN initiated major reports onthe future of the Charter system; these rejected amendment of the Charter provisions on the use of force. They also rejected any right of pre-emptive self-defence. They advocated a 'responsibility to protect' in cases of genocide or massive violations of human rights; the events in Darfur show thepractical difficulties with the implementation of such a duty.

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This book explores the whole of the large and controversial subject of the use of force in international law; it examines not only the use of force by states but also the role of the UN in peacekeeping and enforcement action, and the growing importance of regional organizations in themaintenance of international peace and security.Sinc...

Christine Gray is Professor in International Law in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:450 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:October 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199239150

ISBN - 13:9780199239153

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Table of Contents

1. Law and Force2. The Prohibition of the Use of Force3. Invitation and Intervention: Civil Wars and the Use of Force4. Self-defence5. Collective Self-defence6. The Use of Force against Terrorism: a New War for a New Century7. The UN and the Use of Force8. Security Council Authorization for Member States to Use Force9. Regional peacekeeping and Enforcement Action

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`This book provides students of international law and international relations with a highly accessible, thoroughly expert analysis of the rules governing when states may resort to military force. I would not want to teach without it.'Michael Byers, Professor of Law, Duke University