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The Use of Force and International Law

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  • Date Published: May 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107692008

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  • The Use of Force and International Law offers an authoritative overview of international law governing the resort to force. Looking through the prism of the contemporary challenges that this area of international law faces, including technology, sovereignty, actors, compliance and enforcement, this book addresses key aspects of international law in this area: the general breadth and scope of the prohibition of force, what is meant by 'force', the use of force through the UN and regional organisations, the use of force in peacekeeping operations, the right of self-defence and the customary limitations upon this right, forcible intervention in civil conflicts, and the controversial doctrine of humanitarian intervention. Suitable for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics and practitioners, The Use of Force and International Law offers a contemporary, comprehensive and accessible treatment of the subject.

    • Follows a clear and accessible structure to better support lecturers teach their courses and aid student understanding
    • Clearly lays out the distinction between concepts and terms to enable students to grasp the fundamental distinctions before delving deeper into the subject
    • Comprehensive references to primary and secondary sources support student understanding of the breadth of legal resources in the field and aid further research
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    'The book is an excellent example of the 'positivist-objectivist' approach to interpreting the international law on the use of force. The result is a comprehensive and even-handed treatment of the many complex arguments on the urgent issue of our time, the legality of resort to military force.’ Mary Ellen O'Connell, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

    'As Professor of International Law at the University of Sussex and co-editor-in-chief of the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law, Christian Henderson comes from a position of exceptional expertise to explore the framework for the use of force by states. On the one hand, a state is forbidden from utilizing force against foreign states in an aggressive manner; but on the other, a sovereign entity is entitled to defend itself. Overarching this is the moral obligation to protect civilians and jus cogens norms. In light of this complexity, Henderson’s practical exploration of the international law governing the resort to force provides an enlightening and practical perspective on the topic … Overall, I would recommend this book.' Kathryn Allinson, Leiden Journal of International Law

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107692008
    • length: 438 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 174 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Prohibition of the Threat or Use of Force:
    1. The general breadth and scope of the prohibition
    2. The meaning of 'force'
    Part II. The Use of Force in the Context of Collective Security:
    3. The use of force under the auspices of the United Nations
    4. Issues in relation to authorisation by the UN Security Council
    5. Peacekeeping and the use of force
    Part III. The Use of Force in Self-Defence:
    6. General aspects of the right of self-defence
    7. Preventative self-defence
    8. Self-defence against non-state actors
    Part IV. Forcible Intervention in Situations of Civil Unrest:
    9. Consent to intervention and intervention in civil wars
    10. The doctrine of humanitarian intervention
    Conclusions
    Index.

  • Author

    Christian Henderson, University of Sussex
    Christian Henderson is Professor of International Law at Sussex Law School. He is also co-editor-in-chief of the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law and is a member of the International Law Association's Committee on the Use of Force.

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