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Rethinking Collective Security

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One of the many seminal insights Professor Yoram Dinstein has brought to the field of international law is his linking of the law pertaining to war with the law of human rights. In essence, the enterprise established in the opening line of the United Nations Charter has its footing not only in the jus ad bellum, but also in the then barely nascent law of human rights. Collective security under UN auspices is a weak reed upon which to rely in return for states' renunciation of the right to use force unilaterally to protect their security and advance their national interest. It is apparent that the design concept of collective security embodied in the U.N. Charter is most deeply flawed by the actuality and threat of the veto. Collective security is impossible without addressing the problem of the veto.

Keywords: collective security; human rights; international law; United Nations Charter; Yoram Dinstein



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