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Rejecting the Supposed Right of Anticipatory Self-Defence

Northeast Asian Law Review, Vol. 2, p. 1, 2008

Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 08-34

30 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2008  

Valerie Epps

Suffolk University Law School

Date Written: October 30, 2008

Abstract

This article investigates the reach of the United Nations Charter's legal regime created to govern the use of interstate armed force with a view to examining the permissibility of anticipatory self-defence. It examines the pre-Charter law on the use of force; the drafting and language of the Charter; and the international legal cases that address use of force. The article concludes that international law prohibits anticipatory self-defence and thus leaves no doubt that preemptive force is illegal.

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Epps, Valerie, Rejecting the Supposed Right of Anticipatory Self-Defence (October 30, 2008). Northeast Asian Law Review, Vol. 2, p. 1, 2008; Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 08-34. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1292446

Valerie Epps (Contact Author)

Suffolk University Law School ( email )

120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States

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