Risk and Force in World Society: Forcible Countermeasures for the Restoration of Peace

Hardcover | August 1, 2020

byAchilles Skordas

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This book argues that the international community confers legitmacy upon the hegemonic use of force, even if the intervention is prima face illegal under international law. As the Security Council unwillingly lends its support to the exercise of hegemonic power through resolutions on themaintenance and restoration of peace, structural pressue on the law of force is mounting. The book analyses the alleged legality of hegemonic interventions, resting as it does on grounds such as self-defense, ex post or implicit authorization by the Security Council, intervention upon invitation, or humanitarian intervention. It assesses a range of case studies, from the war in Iraq tothe Russian intervention in Georgia, and addresses the nature and function of the forcible countermeasures restorted to in these situations.This book argues that hegemonic intervention lacks the capacity to crytallize into a general principle of international law. This form of use of force does, however, appear to be ingrained in the power structure and legal architecture of the contemporary international system as a predictable patternof state conduct, and as a general principle of international legal relations.

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This book argues that the international community confers legitmacy upon the hegemonic use of force, even if the intervention is prima face illegal under international law. As the Security Council unwillingly lends its support to the exercise of hegemonic power through resolutions on themaintenance and restoration of peace, structural ...

Achilles Skordas is Professor of International Law at the University of Bristol. He studied, and later taught, law at the University of Athens-Greece, and was awarded a PhD in Law (Dr. jur.) by the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt-am-Main. He was previously an advisor to the Greek Parliament on international legal affairs...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:460 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:August 1, 2020Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199559718

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Table of Contents

1. Methodological and theoretical background2. The formalist paradigm and its inherent contradictions3. The 'war on terror' and the law of force4. Kosovo intervention and forcible countermeasures5. The war against Iraq (2003) and the ultimate boundaries of interpretation6. The Russian invasion in Georgia7. Structure and function of forcible countermeasures