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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Use of Force, Prohibition of

Oliver Dörr

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 November 2019

Use of force, prohibition — Armed attack — Peace treaties — Humanitarian intervention — Act of state

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

1 The prohibition of the threat or use of force constitutes one of the cornerstones of the modern international legal order. Besides being laid down explicitly in Art. 2 (4) UN Charter and referred to in many other treaties, it is today universally accepted as a norm of customary international law . Moreover, it is agreed by many to belong to the special category of international ius cogens , which gives expression to the fundamental importance of the prohibition, as well as to its general acceptance by the international community. In the terms of modern politics,...
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