The Function of War in the International Community

Forthcoming, J d'Aspremont and S Singh, "Concepts for international law" (Edward Elgar, 2016)

31 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2015

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Iain Scobbie

School of Law, University of Manchester; University of London - School of Law

Date Written: December 2, 2015

Abstract

Collective security has been described as the central myth of liberal internationalism and the cornerstone of the international legal order since the creation of the League of Nations. This paper locates of the doctrine collective security within its historical and political context. It gives an account of some competing views regarding resort to armed force which arise from different political perspectives regarding the function of conflict in international relations. It concludes by considering if contemporary developments regarding the use of force might be seen to prefigure a retrogressive and fundamental shift in the nature and understanding of collective security.

Keywords: international law, collective security, war, armed conflict, League of Nations, war on terror, terrorism, international legal theory

Suggested Citation

Scobbie, Iain, The Function of War in the International Community (December 2, 2015). Forthcoming, J d'Aspremont and S Singh, "Concepts for international law" (Edward Elgar, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2698240

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