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15 The Use of Force by the United Nations

From: Problems and Process: International Law and How We Use It

Rosalyn Higgins

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 04 October 2022

Subject(s):
Humanitarian intervention — Peace keeping — Use of force, prohibition — Self-defence — Military assistance — Armed forces — Military matters
In this chapter I address a cluster of difficult issues of international law that arise in the context of a possible use of military measures by the United Nations itself. In Chapter 14 I discussed the legal controversies surrounding the claim by states unilaterally to intervene for humanitarian purposes. Since the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, and with it the traditional differences in political objectives between the Soviet Union and the United States, certain new possibilities have begun to emerge in the Security Council. Perhaps now the Security...
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