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The Security Council and the Collective Use of Force

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Chapter Summary

The preamble to and Article 1(1) of the UN Charter consider the prevention and cessation of armed conflict to be the main purpose of the organisation, with the Security Council as the responsible organ. This chapter outlines the general legal framework regarding the use of force and the system of collective security, as well as the Council's practice before 1990. It discusses and analyses the forceful Security Council action under Chapter VII of the Charter in the cases of Iraq, Bosnia and Haiti, as examples of different situations necessitating the use of collective force. The Chapter purports to examine whether the Security Council stayed within its Charter boundaries in deciding on military force under Article 42, whether the actual use of force was within the limits set on it, and how the Council has responded to claims of impropriety of such use of force.

Keywords: armed conflict; collective security; legal framework; military force; Security Council; UN Charter; use of force



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