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Introduction

Marc Weller

in Iraq and the Use of Force in International Law

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199595303
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595769 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595303.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the developments that led to a significant debate about one of the key principles underpinning the prohibition of the use of force — sovereignty. It looks into concerns relating to so-called ‘rogue states’ (countries that did not play by the international rules of the game) and international terrorism. It also considers the basis for the use of force in the absence of a UN mandate — the doctrine of self-defence. The chapter then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to present and analyze developments in the Iraqi episode from an international legal perspective. This episode reflects virtually all the questions concerning the use of force that have arisen over the past two decades, from collective security action in the face of aggression, to forcible humanitarian action, claims of the preventative use of force, and auto-interpretation and implementation of purported UN mandates.

Keywords: international relations; terrorism; sovereignty; use of force; Kuwait; Iraq; United States

Chapter.  5329 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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