Other Justifications for Resort to Force of Doubtful Validity

Ian Brownlie

in International Law and the Use of Force by States

Published in print March 1963 | ISBN: 9780198251583
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681332 | DOI:
Other Justifications for Resort to Force of Doubtful Validity

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This chapter explores the miscellaneous justifications for resort to force of doubtful validity. The state practice justifies the conclusion that no genuine case of humanitarian intervention has occurred, with the possible exception of the occupation of Syria in 1860 and 1861. There is some authority for the view that military measures may be utilized to enforce the provisions of a peace treaty. The concept of ‘international police’ made an isolated appearance in modern state practice during the Suez crisis in 1956. During this crisis, one of the justifications advanced by the British and French governments for the military operations which were mounted was the right of states to resort to self-help in the absence of effective action by the Security Council. Chronic disorder on the territory of a neighbouring state is evaluated.

Keywords: miscellaneous justifications; doubtful validity; state practice; humanitarian intervention; international police

Chapter.  6378 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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