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This chapter presents an examination, and a re-evaluation, of some fundamental issues relative to the discipline of public international law taken in its generality, during the last quarter of the unprecedently violent twentieth century. It examines that proposition in relation to the codification of international law during the last seventy years, since the League of Nations first adopted a project for the codification of international law in 1924, and more particularly during the last sixty years, since the establishment of the International Law Commission. The chapter talks about self-defence, and addresses the use of armed force in self-defence. On 5 Iyar 5708 corresponding to14/15 May 1948 Israel proclaimed its independence with the termination of the Mandate for Palestine at midnight local time on 14/15 May 1948. The chapter revisits the interaction of these factors on the assumption of power and authority by the new State of Israel.

Keywords: economic self-defence; international law commission; Israel; Palestine; public international law



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