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5 Collective 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

Self-defence — Armed attack — Aggression — UN Charter — Customary international law
It is well known that there is comparatively little practice on the use of force in collective self-defence; states have generally avoided direct and open military participation by their armed forces in conflicts between other states. The relatively large number of treaties on collective self-defence is not matched by extensive state practice.1 Commentators list the following instances where states have actually invoked collective self-defence: USA and Lebanon (1958), UK and Jordan (1958), UK and South Arabian Federation (1964), USA and Vietnam (1961–75), USSR and...
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