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The Transposition Of Inter-State Self-Defense And Use Of Force Onto Operational Mandates For Peace Support Operations

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Self-defense for peacekeepers has traditionally been compared and linked to the concept of self-defense for military units and not to the concept of interstate self-defense. This chapter intends to assess the potential transposition of inter-state self-defense under Article 51 of the UN Charter to peacekeeping missions. After setting forth the limitations of such form of self-defense in international law, this chapter explores the question whether and to what extent use of force pursuant to Article 51 of the UN Charter can serve as a self-containing mandate for the peace support operations (PSOs) in general and the use of force by peacekeepers in specific. In doing so, this chapter makes a distinction between the use of force by peacekeepers within an armed conflict and outside an armed conflict.

Keywords: armed conflict; inter-state self-defense; law enforcement; peace support operations (PSOs); peacekeepers; UN Charter; use of force

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