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Yom Kippur in Hell: the Empty Life of International Law

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This chapter explores the idea, or rather the mirage, of Harvard Professor Manley O. Hudson's progress in international law. It does so by examining a specific case study from the Cold War era: the conflict resolution efforts of the Security Council in the aftermath of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. In terms of its methodology, this chapter traces the apparent identity, or at least the strong family resemblance,between the themes of international law and the short stories of Yiddish writer I.L. Peretz. In the piece for which the chapter is named, &t;Yom Kippur in Hell,&t; Thus, contemporary international law holds that, generally speaking, the right of self-defense exists where a party is responding to an attack on its territory from across a frontier, while it also holds that Israel cannot defend against attacks from the territories it occupies beyond its frontiers.

Keywords: conflict resolution; contemporary international law; Yom Kippur in Hell



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