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Topographies of Force

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This chapter focuses on what might be called the topographies of force, or the broader normative landscape that constitutes 'force' within international law. The outline of these topographies has come to pass as the author has examined the relationships of 'force' with, first, 'war' and,'armed conflict', followed by 'armed attack' and 'aggression' and, finally, 'intervention'. The idea has been to emphasize the broader context in which the laws on force live and operate, rather than to run horizons along the sanguine perimeters of the United Nations Charter. It is an exercise undertaken in general spirit of the jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice and in the process, it is hoped that a better understanding has been forged of the concept of force itself, together with its importance for international law and for the (apparently) settled law of the United Nations Charter.

Keywords: concept of war; international court of justice; international law; topographies of force; United Nations Charter; war of self-defense



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