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Legal Restraints on the Use of Armed Force

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This chapter briefly discusses the legal restraints on the use of armed force. In spite of the reduced risk of war between states, peace remains vulnerable in the new millennium. It thus remains as desirable as ever to identify factors that may help to prevent or restrain any future use of armed force between states. The Charter of the United Nations adopted at the end of the Second World War marked a conceptual and organizational leap forward in the efforts to restrict the use of armed force and advance the idea of ?collective security'. It is striking that the strongest efforts to loosen the legal restraints to use armed force unilaterally are linked to threats perceived in the acquisition or development of modern weapons and other means of mass destruction, notably nuclear weapons or the capability to produce them, long distance missiles and tools for space war.

Keywords: armed force; legal restraints; United Nations



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