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The New United Nations: Appearance and Reality

Rosalyn Higgins Dbe Qc

in Themes and Theories

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198262350
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682322 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262350.003.0014
The New United Nations: Appearance and Reality

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This chapter looks at some of the new possibilities, and new problems, within the United Nations (UN). Recalling the scourge of war, reaffirming faith in human rights and in the dignity and worth of the human person, and referring to the need for just conditions under which the obligations of international law can be maintained, the UN Charter states as the first of its purposes: the maintenance of international peace and security; the taking of effective collective measures to that end; and the bringing about, in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustments or settlements of international disputes. The coalition against Iraq’s aggression in Kuwait seemed to be evidence that indeed a new international order was here, in which, at last, the intentions of the UN Charter could begin to be fulfilled. But, two years after this time, the UN was still in disarray. And, at the UN, international law is never far away from the reality of international politics.

Keywords: United Nations; UN Charter; international law; peace; security; justice; Iraq; Kuwait; international politics; international disputes

Chapter.  7204 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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