Too Much History. From War As Sanction to the Sanctioning of War

In Marc Weller (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force in International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015) 35-55.

30 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2017

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Randall Lesaffer

Tilburg Law School; KU Leuven - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

This chapter surveys the historical evolution of use of force law - ius ad bellum - from the Late Middle Ages to 1945 in Western legal scholarship and state practice. The main thrust of its argument is that, contrary to what mainstream literature holds, pre-1900 use of force law was far more restrictive and resilient against the free arbiter of states as it is generally held.

Keywords: history of international law, use of force law, just war doctrine

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Lesaffer, Randall C. H., Too Much History. From War As Sanction to the Sanctioning of War (2015). In Marc Weller (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force in International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015) 35-55.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2905184

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