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2 The prohibition of the use of force

From: International Law and the Use of Force (3rd Edition)

Christine Gray

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From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 April 2024

Subject(s):
Use of force, prohibition — Humanitarian intervention — Armed conflict, international — Countermeasures — Armed conflict — Belligerents — Self-determination
The central rule on the use of force, the prohibition of the threat or use of force contained in Article 2(4) of the UN Charter, is the subject of fundamental disagreement. It provides: ‘All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.’ The International Court of Justice in Armed Activities on the Territory of Congo proclaimed that Article 2(4) is a cornerstone of the UN...
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