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) United Nations Charter (‘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...
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