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Military Operations By Armed Un Peacekeeping Missions: An Application Of Generalized Just War Principles

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Traditionally, just war principles have been applied to wars between states. Since the end of the Cold War, they (or analogues of them) have also been applied to armed humanitarian interventions. This chapter discusses how just armed-conflict principles are applicable to military operations by a robust UN peacekeeping mission with a chapter VII mandate authorizing the use of military force against peace agreement spoilers. Just armed-conflict principles morally constrain an armed UN peacekeeping mission from using military force unjustly. The chapter discusses mainly how the just cause, competent authority, and last resort principles are applicable. For lack of space, other just-armed conflict principles are only considered briefly. The chapter also discusses the nature of armed UN peacekeeping missions. The just cause principle is the most fundamental of the just armed-conflict principles.

Keywords: just armed-conflict principles; military force; UN peacekeeping missions



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