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8 Security Council authorization for member states to use 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, threat — Peace keeping — Military assistance — UN Charter — Acts of international organizations
Because the use of peacekeeping forces for enforcement purposes proved unworkable, and because the UN itself is not capable of extensive enforcement action, the Security Council has continued to authorize states to use force under Chapter VII, following the models of the operation against Iraq in Operation Desert Storm (1990) and the use of NATO member states in Yugoslavia in 1994–5 and UNITAF in Somalia (1992).1 Operation Desert Storm against Iraq may be seen as a revolutionary development, made possible by unprecedented agreement among states, and which proved...
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