The Changing Conception of Self-Defence

Authored by: Aidan Hehir

Handbook of Defence Politics

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9781857434439
eBook ISBN: 9780203804278
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In many ways the Iraq crisis of 2003 was the culmination of a decade of pressure by the US and UK directed at changing the legal framework governing the use of force contained in the UN Charter, in a concerted effort to widen both exceptions to the ban on the threat or use of force in Article 2(4)—namely the right of self-defense contained in Article 51—and military action taken under the authority of the Security Council derived from Article 42.

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