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4 Self-defence

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: 24 February 2024

Subject(s):
Self-defence — International peace and security — Armed attack — UN Charter
The law on self-defence is the subject of the most fundamental disagreement between states and between writers. The divisions over the scope of the right of self-defence, especially as to whether anticipatory or ‘pre-emptive’ self-defence and protection of nationals are lawful, are much discussed and date back to the creation of the United Nations.1 These issues have recently acquired new prominence in the light of the development of a possible new ‘Bush doctrine’ of pre-emptive self-defence.2 Other divisions centre on the right to use force in self-defence in...
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