Just War or Just Peace?: Humanitarian Intervention and International Law

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"Readership: Lawyers and academics working in international law, international relations, and war studies." This book critically examines the right of humanitarian intervention, asserted most spectacularly by NATO during its 1999 air strikes over Kosovo. The UN Charter prohibits the unilateral use of force, but there have long been arguments that such a right might exist as an exception to this rule, or linked to the changing role of the Security Council. Through an analysis of these questions, the book puts NATO's action in Kosovo in its proper legal and historical perspective.
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"Admirably thorough ... well-researched and articulate arguments." - International Peacekeeping

"Chesterman has written a tour de force that exposes the weaknesses of the arguments supporting a doctrine of unilateral humanitarian intervention in international society ... Chesterman rejects the claim that states have a legal right to act as vigilantes in support of Council resolutions, even if they believe that this is the only means to stop a genocide. The powerfully argued thesis of this scholarly work is that accepting this proposition in law is 'a recipe for bad policy, bad law, and a bad international order'." - International Affairs

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Meet the Author

Simon Chesterman is Global Professor and Director of the New York University School of Law Singapore Programme, and Vice Dean and Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore.

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Table of Contents

Table of Cases
Table of Treaties and UN Resolutions
Treaties
Security Council Resolutions
General Assembly Resolutions
Abbreviations
Abstract
Introduction 1
1 The Just War: The origins of humanitarian intervention 7
2 The Scourge of War: Humanitarian intervention and the prohibition of the use of force in the UN Charter 45
3 'You, the People': Unilateral intervention to promote democracy 88
4 The New Interventionism: Threats to international peace and security and Security Council actions under Chapter VII of UN Charter 112
5 Passing the Baton: The delegation of Security Council enforcement powers from Kuwait to Kosovo 163
6 Just War or Just Peace? Humanitarian intervention, inhumanitarian non-intervention, and other peace strategies 219
App. 1 Chapter VII resolutions, 1946-89 237
App. 2 Chapter VII resolutions, 1990-9 237
App. 3 Security Council determinations of threats to international peace and security, 1990-9 238
App. 4 Security Council authorizations to use force 241
Bibliography 260
Index 283
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2001

    Humanitarian intervention or inhumanitarian non-intervention?

    This book critically examines the right of humanitarian intervention, asserted most spectacularly by NATO during its 1999 air strikes over Kosovo. The UN Charter prohibits the unilateral use of force, but there have long been arguments that such a right might exist as an exception to this rule, or linked to the changing role of the Security Council. Through an analysis of these questions, the book puts NATO¿s action in Kosovo in its proper legal and historical perspective.

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