The Threat of Force in International Law by Nikolas StürchlerThe Threat of Force in International Law by Nikolas Stürchler

The Threat of Force in International Law

byNikolas Stürchler

Paperback | September 14, 2009

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Threats of force are a common feature of international politics, advocated by some as an economical guarantee against the outbreak of war and condemned by others as a recipe for war. Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter forbids states to use threats of force, yet the meaning of the prohibition is unclear. This book provides the first comprehensive appraisal of the no-threat principle: its origin, underlying rationale, theoretical implications, relevant jurisprudence, and how it has withstood the test of time from 1945 to the present. Based on a systematic evaluation of state and United Nations practices, the book identifies what constitutes a threat of force and when its use is justified under the United Nations Charter. In so doing, it relates the no-threat principle to important concepts of the twentieth century, such as deterrence, escalation, crisis management, and what has been aptly described as the 'diplomacy of violence'.
Title:The Threat of Force in International LawFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:384 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:September 14, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521133610

ISBN - 13:9780521133616


Table of Contents

1. Birth and infancy of a Charter rule: the open framework; 2. The menu of choice: a guide to interpretation; 3. Precedents of the International Court; 4. Deciphering post-Charter practice: means and limits; 5. Open threats to extract concessions; 6. Demonstrations of force; 7. Countervailing threats or threats in self-defence; 8. Findings and conclusions; 9. Epilogue: the law in operation.

Editorial Reviews

"...there is every reason to be thankful to the author for bringing the topic of threats of force to the fore. There is no doubt that the book identifies a regrettable gap in the legal literature..."
--Yoram Dinstein, Tel Aviv University, The American Journal of International Law