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The New United Nations and Former Yugoslavia

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/9780198262350.003.0015
The New United Nations and Former Yugoslavia

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The better world that seemed within reach a mere three years prior to when this chapter was written has turned out to be the world of Somalia and Yugoslavia, of Liberia and Armenia. The Yugoslav problem represents within the United Nations (UN) a microcosm of all the problems that this organization still faces: what to do about peacekeeping; when and if to turn to enforcement; where decisions should be taken; how human rights abuses should be dealt with; and who should pay. The attempt to control the use of force has a long history, and falls broadly into two categories: jus ad bellum (the circumstances in which force may properly be used) and jus in bello (the manner in which hostilities are conducted). This chapter also considers the problem of financing the UN effort in former Yugoslavia, permanent membership of the Security Council, and the question of whether to create a war crimes tribunal.

Keywords: United Nations Security Council; Yugoslavia; peacekeeping; enforcement; jus ad bellum; jus in bello; financing; permanent membership; war crimes tribunal

Chapter.  9045 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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