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(p. 261) 13. The international regulation of the use of force 

(p. 261) 13. The international regulation of the use of force
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(p. 261) 13. The international regulation of the use of force
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Anders Henriksen

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198753018.003.0013
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date: 09 July 2020

This chapter discusses the regulation of when and for what purpose a state may use force against another state — jus ad bellum. It provides an overview of the legal framework in the 1945 UN Charter. It analyses the content of the prohibition on the use of force in Article 2(4) of the Charter; discusses the competences of the UN Security Council; and examines the right to self-defence. The Security Council is entrusted with primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security and under Chapter VII of the Charter, the Council may authorize the use of force if required to maintain and/or restore the peace. Article 51 of the Charter allows a state to defend itself in the case of armed attack.

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