The International Law of Force and the Fight against Terrorism

J. Patrick Kelly

Widener University - School of Law

June 1, 2003

Delaware Lawyer, Summer 2003

This Article critically analyzes the principal legal arguments made to justify the use of force by the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan. The author argues that the revisions in the law of state responsibility as well as UN Security Council acceptance support the use of force in Afghanistan, but the use of force in Iraq was neither justified by existing doctrines of self-defense nor authorized or accepted by the UN Security Council.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 14

Keywords: use of force, national security, preemptive self-defense, anticipatory self-defense, Article 2(4)

JEL Classification: K33

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Date posted: August 29, 2008  

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Kelly, J. Patrick, The International Law of Force and the Fight against Terrorism (June 1, 2003). Delaware Lawyer, Summer 2003. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1259950

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J. Patrick Kelly (Contact Author)
Widener University - School of Law ( email )
4601 Concord Pike
P.O. Box 7286
Wilmington, DE 19803-0474
United States
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