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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Iraq, Invasion of (2003)

Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 February 2020

Subject(s):
Weapons of mass destruction — Use of force, prohibition — Armed forces — Disarmament — Occupation — Armed attack — Self-defence — Collective security — Armed conflict, international — Ius in bello — Humanitarian intervention — Conduct of hostilities — Terrorism

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 In 1991 the States co-operating with Kuwait successfully responded to the Iraqi invasion and annexation of Kuwait (Iraq-Kuwait War [1990–91]). The use of armed force had been authorized by United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 (1990) of 29 November 1990 (‘UNSC Resolution 678’; Use of Force, Prohibition of). After the suspension of combat operations (Suspension of Hostilities) the UN Security Council, in Resolution 687 (1991) of 3 April 1991 (‘UNSC Resolution 687’), inter alia decided that Iraq ‘shall unconditionally accept the destruction, removal, or...
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