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The Diluted, Dismantled, Disjointed and Resilient Old Collective Security System or Decision-making and the Use of Force - the Law as It Could Be

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This chapter retains the division between the rule on decision-making, which will be defined as the procedural aspect of the rule on the use of international military force, and the substantive rule on when, and under what precise circumstances, the use of force is to be permitted in international law. The purpose of this chapter is to penetrate further the current law and to investigate different possible combinations between distinct structural arrangements - that is, different rules relating to decision-making. Its purpose is also to examine different substantive rules on the use of force - that is, different rules relating to the breadth of the prohibition on the use of force, or objectives for which force may legitimately be undertaken. The chapter presumes that no necessary connection exists between the rule on the centralised use of force and the broad prohibition on the unilateral international use of force currently reigning.

Keywords: decision-making; international law; international military force; substantive rules



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