War, Aggression and Self-Defence

War, Aggression and Self-Defence

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Yoram Dinstein's seminal textbook is an essential guide to the legal issues of war and peace, armed attack, self-defence and enforcement measures taken under the aegis of the Security Council. This third edition incorporates new material on the Kosovo air campaign, 'humanitarian intervention', recent resolutions adopted by the Security Council, the latest pronouncements of the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Also discussed are new treaties including the 1998 Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court and current studies of the International Law Commission. In addition, supplementary sections consider, for example, enforcement action carried out by regional organizations under the authority of the Security Council. War, Aggression and Self-Defence remains a comprehensive and highly readable introduction to the legal issues surrounding war and self-defence, and continues to provide an indispensable tool for students and practitioners of international law, international relations and military studies.show more

Product details

  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 1139164724
  • 9781139164726

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'... the third edition of Dinstein's work again provides for an excellent in-depth study on the contemporary law on the use of force. Because of the comprehensive, well structured, and intellectually challenging analysis of this important area of international law undertaken by the author, this book is highly recommended for international legal scholars as well as practitioners.' Karsten Nowrot, German Yearbook of International Lawshow more

Table of contents

Part I. The Legal Nature of War: 1. What is war? 2. The course of war; Part II. The Illegality of War: 3. An historical perspective of the legal status of war; 4. The contemporary prohibition of the use of interstate force; 5. The criminality of war of aggression; 6. Controversial consequences of the change in the legal status of war; Part III. Exceptions to the Prohibition of the Use of Interstate Force: 7. The concept of self-defence; 8. The modality of individual self-defence; 9. Collective self-defence; 10. Collective security.show more

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