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II Themes, 11 Peace and War

Mary Ellen O’Connell

From: The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 02 June 2023

Peace keeping — International peace and security — Ius ad bellum
Law is valued for providing an alternative to the use of force in the ordering of human affairs.1 In this sense, all of international law is law of peace,2 peace being the antithesis of force, violence, and armed conflict. Still, at the heart of the international legal system is a specific set of rules, principles, and procedures prohibiting resort to force and mandating the use of peaceful means to settle disputes and to resolve societal problems. It is this more specific regime and its history that are the focus of this chapter. The creation of the peace regime...
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