The Prohibition of Threats of Force
Research Handbook on International Conflict and Security Law, Nigel White, Christian Henderson, eds., Elgar, 2012
28 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2012
Date Written: June 3, 2012
This chapter examines the meaning and scope of the prohibition of the threat of force by looking into relevant case law and international practice before assessing the legal authority of the rule. It demonstrates that there are many other parameters than law within which threats of force operate, and in which legal and political attitudes towards them are formed. It further contends that law cannot just extinguish or outright condemn threats of force or even the eventual use of force, because often it is just those threats and uses of force that, in the end, uphold the law.
Keywords: threat of force, use of force, defensive threats, UN threats
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