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International Law

International Law (1st edn)

Vaughan Lowe
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date: 19 July 2024

8. The Use of Forcelocked

8. The Use of Forcelocked

  • Vaughan LoweVaughan LoweQC Chichele Professor of Public International Law, and a Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford

Abstract

Celebrated for their conceptual clarity, titles in the Clarendon Law Series offer concise, accessible overviews of major fields of law and legal thought. This chapter discusses the use of force in international law. It first considers the early, failed attempts to control the use of force through the Covenant of the League of Nations in 1920 and the 1928 Pact of Paris. It then turns to the post-World War II United Nations Charter that contains a clear and absolute prohibition on the unilateral use of force, except in self-defence. It considers Charter provisions that grant the UN a very wide range of powers, including the power of the Security Council to investigate any situation which might lead to international friction or give rise to a dispute. The chapter goes on to discuss the Law of Armed Conflict or jus in bello.

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